Purpose: 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!
October 2 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?
I can't imagine trying to write a story without being a reader.
Reading has taught me so much - and not only about Story, but we'll stick with that for this post! 😀
From reading, I've learned how Story flows.
I've learned how Tropes work and how they are different from Cliches.
I've learned what the Beats of a Story are and how they flow.
I've learned how Characters interact and how Emotions trump all (at least for me!).
I've learned that Fantasy & SciFi & Romance & Adventure & MG & SciFi & YA & Mystery all have their own personalities, expectations, and styles.
I've learned a lot of these things by osmosis.
From the Bobbsey Twins to the Hardy Boys to Anne of Green Gables to the Hobbit to Agatha Christie to Anne McCaffrey to JD Robb and beyond, I've learned a lot. Those lessons have become a part of me and therefore part of my writing.
If writers haven't immersed themselves in those worlds, how can they create a story that fits seamlessly into that world they're writing?
Maybe some people can, but I sure can't.
What about you? Do you think Writers should be Readers as well?