I'll be honest, I read a lot of boring stuff. Like I find textbooks in used book stores that were for someone's class often with highlights or underlining of certain chapters and find myself reading them cover to cover. Don't get me wrong, I'm not busting open organic chemistry textbooks and reading about chiral centers on my spare time. I read a lot of history, religious studies and philosophy. I like ideas. The novels I have read and enjoyed the most are often one's with some idea in them that really intrigues me. For example, Star Ship Troopers by Heinlein. I felt that book was never really finished and had a lot more that should have gone into the book before it was published, but I was fascinated by someone taking a serious look at an alternative political structure for a society. I cared less about the battle scenes and more about what was going on in that society. I wonder if what I read the most has influenced negatively how I write. I want to write about a scene in detail and go into why things are the way they are and what's happening in the background before I go into character's actions. An example would be that I just cut out three paragraphs in a story I'm working on where a third person perspective is explaining the protagonists cleaning habits in his apartment as a means to explain that characters periodic attempts to change his life only to find himself back in the same rut. Sounds exciting doesn't it? I find myself writing great lengths only to spend even more time going back and editing it so that things keep moving. What I naturally write has a really slow pace but what I need is to hurry things up a bit. I wonder if all those hours reading about the development, spread and eventual disappearance of some ancient religion has done more harm or good to how I write. As a final disclaimer the above comments really apply more to my attempts at longer novel length works. I can write really insane very short stories, but once I go into a longer work I want instill in it some more thought and that is where I feel I get lost in the weeds. Also, I have no idea if this thread's title should have affecting or effecting.