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The Purpose of IWSG is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

To join IWSG visit Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here.

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FEBRUARY QUESTION:
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

 

This will be a brief post. I’ve not been in a blogging frame of mind of late but for IWSG, I’ll make an exception. Let’s do it!

How Writing Has Changed Me as a Reader

  1. I’m less patient. I refuse to waste time plowing through descriptions of clothes, food, or mundane activities when said details don’t matter to the story. If I’m more curious about what a character is wearing than what is going on in the scene, the book needs serious work.
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  2. I read with an appreciation of writing rules guidelines. I’m perfectly fine with bucking convention when it’s done deftly, but nothing throws me out of a story faster than rules violated out of laziness, inattention, or worst of all, ignorance.
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  3. Okay, I admit it: I compare my work to others’. Any writer who claims otherwise is either lying or doesn’t read. My readerly reactions range from envy and insecurity to self-respect and feelings of accomplishment. What this really means is while writing has indeed changed me as a reader, the reverse is also true. Reading has changed the way I write. As Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

 

“It is what you read when you don’t have to
that determines who you will be when you can’t help it.”
-OSCAR WILDE

 

Claude Raguet Hirst/Flickrcc

Claude Raguet Hirst/Flickrcc

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