Having just stumbled upon the A to Z April Challenge,
my A will have to be Afterthought.
But my B = Books!
Somewhere along the path over the last year or so, I read a book whose author said you should know the genre you write in very well, and in order to do that you should strive to read 100 books in said genre. Of course, as you are reading you should be learning a thing or two about what makes those books good or bad, thus improving your own writing.
Then I went to a conference where I heard a woman casually say she read two or three books a week. That's right - I said THREE BOOKS A WEEK! So I started to look back at my own reading and discovered I was lucky to be reading three books a month.
In the spirit of self-motivation and picking up the gauntlet, which she surely had thrown at my feet, I began pushing myself to read more and keeping track of my choices.
Last year, starting three months into the year, I ended up with 22 books on my list. This year, at three months into the year, I have 13 books on my list, heading toward the goal of 52 books by New Year's. Still not three books a week, but I'm getting there.