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?


13 comments: said...

I'm afraid my present choice is a 'how to' book - Social Media for Authors: Book Marketing for Writers Who'd Rather Write
by Jennifer Lovett Herbranson. I'm finding it very helpful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, why would we deny ourselves?

Pat Garcia said...


Stephen King is being quoted a lot this month in blog posts about reading and writing.
I think I'll purchase his book and read it because I definitely agree with him.

Have a wonderful October.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

David Powers King said...

Second time I've seen that quote today, probably won't be a last either. Readings is a great teacher, couldn't start writing without it. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi, this quote of Stephen King's is so apt and so true :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

They are magic portals to places we can't go.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Great answer! Love the quotes :-) I'm currently reading "The Magician's Apprentice" by Trudi Canavan. Happy IWSG day!

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Sandi said...

I am reading....nothing! Uh oh.

Hmm...well, blogs. I have been reading blogs!

Sarah Foster said...

I'm reading a couple writing reference books right now, lol. I'm dying for some fiction but when I have spare time I've been trying to spend it writing lately.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

There are people who do not like to read! (big gasp) I still read a lot of short fiction.


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