Mama Diaries

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

IWSG

Hello everyone. No stories today. But I'm stopping by briefly to take part in the monthly IWSG post.


This month's question is, "Should you read a lot which may influence how you write and what you write about, or not read at all so that you have original ideas?"

I'd say read. That's how you get a sense of what works and what doesn't. I think even if you lived in a bubble and wrote, you'd still come up with universal themes and ideas. Reading does give you ideas. But that's not a bad thing. Besides, reading an author's work is being supportive. Isn't that what we're supposed to do?

What do you think? Should you read other people's work, or just write your own stuff with no outside literary influences? 

19 comments:

  1. Yeah, there is no story that can't be compared to another in some way. Reading and being supportive is a win indeed.

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  2. Exactly! You have to learn how a story flows, what derails it - all that stuff.

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  3. One learns much from reading, Personally my poems have always been what have happened in my life but I do enjoy reading other people's post.
    Have a good month Sherry,

    Yvonne.

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  4. I totally agree with you about reading. It's helps your writing and is so good to do in general.

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  5. Completely agree! I can't even imagine what it would be like to write without reading regularly. The comics I read never fail to inspire me to work on my own; would probably be less productive, otherwise. And as you said, it's always good to support the work of others, too!

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  6. Reading makes one a better writer, IMHO. At least read while editing if you don't want to influence the writing...

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  7. Writers need to read, but classics as they will give them the sense of the right structure, dramatisations and character development, but sadly most of them just read their own genre and think Harry Plopper is their idea of literature.

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  8. Couldn't agree with you more, was introduced to some marvellous authors on my recent course and glad that I was led to them 🤗

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  9. I'm at a loss as to why someone would want to write but doesn't read. To me the love of reading is what drives a writer to create another great story for others to read.

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  10. Agreed! (How could any writer not want to read???)

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  11. Hi,
    I agree with you. Reading is the twin of writing. Both go together.

    All the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  12. I think reading different stories would help you in lots of different ways. You can take note of other authors' writing styles, for example. Reading can give you new ideas, too.

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  13. To my way of thinking, we should read as much as possible.

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  14. I can't understand anybody who doesn't read. Do they know what they're missing? I guess not. 😁

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  15. I enjoy reading work by authors I know. It let's me know them better.

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  16. Reading is such a pleasure for me that I can't understand people when they say they don't like reading!

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  17. Loving this week's topic.
    As you wisely say 'even if you lived in a bubble and wrote, you'd still come up with universal themes and ideas'. That said my reading too much (is that even possible???) has always been one of my excuses for not putting pen to paper as I feel I'd struggle to come up with anything remotely original, that anything I wrote would be a mish-mash of the many books I'd read over the years.

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  18. The more you read, the more you can write. It's grist for the mill :)

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