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?
Yeah, there is no story that can't be compared to another in some way. Reading and being supportive is a win indeed.ReplyDelete
Exactly! You have to learn how a story flows, what derails it - all that stuff.ReplyDelete
You can learn a lot by reading others' works.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
Have a good month Sherry,
I totally agree with you about reading. It's helps your writing and is so good to do in general.ReplyDelete
I like that it's supportive of other authors, too.Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Reading makes one a better writer, IMHO. At least read while editing if you don't want to influence the writing...ReplyDelete
I don't know what IMHO means, but I think it is important to read. If nothing else, it's good for the brain.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
LOL. Harry Plopper. Good one. Even though that particular series is not considered a "classic" it's at least very imaginative, with some interesting characters, and it gets people reading.Delete
Couldn't agree with you more, was introduced to some marvellous authors on my recent course and glad that I was led to them 🤗ReplyDelete
It's fun when you find a writer whose work you admire and want to keep reading.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
I agree. I couldn't imagine not reading.Delete
Agreed! (How could any writer not want to read???)ReplyDelete
I agree my friend! Big Hugs!ReplyDelete
Big hugs right back at you!Delete
I agree with you. Reading is the twin of writing. Both go together.
All the best.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
Can't really have one without the other.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
You can definitely get a sense of what works and what doesn't.Delete
To my way of thinking, we should read as much as possible.ReplyDelete
I agree. It's good for the brain!Delete
I can't understand anybody who doesn't read. Do they know what they're missing? I guess not. 😁ReplyDelete
They definitely don't know what they're missing!Delete
I enjoy reading work by authors I know. It let's me know them better.ReplyDelete
That's a good way of looking at it. And it's also supportive, which is much appreciated in the writing community.Delete
Reading is such a pleasure for me that I can't understand people when they say they don't like reading!ReplyDelete
Reading takes time. And so many people want things fast. They don't want to take the time to read the whole story.Delete
Loving this week's topic.ReplyDelete
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.
Maybe you should take the time to write. You might be surprised by what you come up with.Delete
The more you read, the more you can write. It's grist for the mill :)ReplyDelete
Yes. It gets the creative juices flowing.Delete