At some point, the writer has to get up out of their reading chair, move to the desk, and get to work. But before they do that, maybe they could read another book?
To the untrained eye (as well as the trained, if we are being honest), this looks like procrastination. But really it is preparation.
Per Annie Proulx:
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write…