Wednesday, October 2, 2019


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the
 Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh

October 2 optional 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 to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

A thoughtful question indeed. 
I'm thinking that one would have to live in a bubble, on an isolated island, be in a coma, or deep space... 
To not be influenced some way or somehow by: 
TV, radio, Internet, social media, books, and other printed stuff. 
While you don't need to read a book to come up with ideas...
Reading books can hone style, technique, pacing, voice, etc. 
I think Stephen Kings says it best: 
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut." 
And really?
Why would anyone, let alone a writer...
Deny themselves the pleasure of reading?
Again, Stephen King says it best:
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Here's my latest portable magic.

What magic are you reading now?