This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author.
On the other hand, how can you expect other people read your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
I’ve been thinking long and hard on this and I have two answers and one response.
It is pretty daring not to read others work, because they’ll never know what’s been done to death unless they at least read in their genre.
But their reason may be valid.
Learning the craft is frustrating at first. Hard work in fact. Writing and expecting people to understand your intent can be a hit and miss kind of thing. Or Dialogue can drone on and without feedback it’s going to stay that way.
Feedback can hurt.
Some would rather avoid the pain and enjoy their happy hobby of venting, escaping, and creating. I support the activity even if my goal is slightly different. Sometimes I wish I was one of them.
Since being published awhile back, I don’t know what I am. Some days I’m still aspiring. Other days I’m a has-been.
So there is that.
Sure, I’ve read that to improve at the craft, the writer should read. I choose to read every day but I love to read. I’m either online learning something new or in my latest book figuring out how they did it.
For me it’s easy to spend hours in a book or online. Not everyone has my free time. For them, reading is a guilty pleasure and writing is too.
As soon as a person puts words down, they are a writer. Each of us gets their own thing from the craft. I don’t see any problem with any of it as long as they enjoying the ride—insecure or not.
What kind of writer are you? I’d love to know.