What I'm reading now: Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Stephen King says a good writer reads as much as s/he writes. You'd think that'd be obvious, but I'm ashamed to admit I haven't picked up a book in at least a year.
I've been doing lots of other things wrong, too. Apparently once the first draft is done, Mr. King sets his manuscript aside for at least 6 weeks and writes about something else entirely during that time. Only after that, he says, (and I agree) can you see the old manuscript with fresh eyes and spot important things like plot holes, theme, character inconsistencies, etc. He also says, don't let anyone read it until you've revised the second draft.
Oops. I had people reading chapters 1-5 while I wrote chapter 6.
Time to fix things. I have some huge errors in the current draft to address (point of view issues, for example), but after that, I'm taking Mr. King's advice and setting the thing aside to "simmer."
In the meantime, I'm going to need some fantastic reading material. Any suggestions?