This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as theInsecure 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."
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?