Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IWSG: A Writer Reads


Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where 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.

The awesome co-hosts for February's IWSG posting are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Butler.

Now for February's IWSG question:

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?


I really do understand and respect the countless hours of struggle and sweat that goes into writing a story. I seldom give up on a book, even if there are a spattering of technical mistakes - none of us are perfect, and there are a lot of writers cutting their teeth on a first book. I'm also more willing to try unknown authors. If the cover and blurb grab me, I'm in. You don't have to be a bestselling author to end up on my bookshelf, and that has led to many rewarding experiences. Having said that, my time is still precious. Life is too short to waste on stories that fail to hold my attention or have me throwing the book against a wall, no matter how many books you have or haven't sold.

For all of the reasons above, writing has enriched and shaped my love of reading. And that's a good thing, right? What about you?

26 comments:

  1. Life is too short for bad books. But I'll also try new authors. And new genres. It's led me to some great stories.

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    1. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is also a good idea - you never know what you'll like until you try it.

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  2. As a reader, I used to be incredibly harsh about what I considered bad writing. I've mellowed a bit since I started writing myself. Anyone who can finish writing a book and go through all the struggles of getting it published deserves some respect.

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  3. I just finished reading another blog about life is too short to read bad books. And I agree. I'm one of those weirdos that read the ending and if I don't like the ending, I usually don't read the entire book.

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    1. There have been many times when I was tempted to read the ending, but I've resisted so far. I've not wanted to spoil the suspense.

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  4. I like trying new authors too and giving them a chance. Even books by the big publishers have mistakes in them.

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    1. Until a year or so ago, I'd never read a Stephen King book that contained an error. Even the masters of fiction can make mistakes.

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  5. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book I've begun reading. I have done it a few times, though. I try to appreciate and respect that this person spent hours upon hours creating this tale.

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    1. I rarely give up on a book for the same reasons.

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  6. I don't think I've ever read a book that I disliked so much I gave up on it, but there have been a few where I simply lost interest and try to finish or restart at a different time. I know how much work has gone into those books, so I like to give them a chance.

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    1. I guess it's not so much dislike, but more I couldn't follow the plot or I lost patience with the book. It is still a rare thing for me to do, though.

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  7. I tend to stick with a story once I starts, but I get more frustrated with noticeable errors. It has made me slower to adopt Indie authors--I do, but I watch for recommendations from people I trust to pick them. Not that I haven't hit some bad traditionally published ones, but there are more hoops.

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    1. Even if a story blew me away, I'll only award it four stars if there a lot of errors that should have been picked up by the time it reached the formatting stage. It's a shame, but I just can bring myself to award that golden fifth star.

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  8. I like that you are aware of the work that's gone into a book and that helps you to give it a good try. Also, this: "writing has enriched and shaped my love of reading". Love. Christy

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  9. Your comment about a story not holding your attention no matter how many books were sold made me chuckle. If a person is ever feeling "unworthy" to be called a writer, the best anecdote is to read a "bomb" by a best-selling author.

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    1. Not that I want any author to bomb, but what you said is true - even Stephen King failed to hold my attention with Tommyknockers.

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  10. I get you. Knowing how much work goes into writing and polishing a book- or short story- makes me much more appreciative of authors that do it well. Those that just throw a story up for publication annoy me and I don't waste my time: even if it is a best selling author I usually love.

    I still love reading, writing has changed it a bit, but I can't imagine not my life without it.

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    1. It's sad when you read a book and it's obvious it was published to early. I also think there is to much pressure to publish quickly, which means books are forced out without the time to get it right. As a reader, I'd rather wait for the time needed to get it right.

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  11. Totally a good thing! I'm the same way. Being a writer has taken me to genres that I wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

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    1. Absolutely. Who knew I'd love steamy paranormal novels?

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  12. Lately, I've been reading historical fantasy. If a book doesn't lure me in after the first chapter, I'm out. That said, I have been reading a long historical fantasy that is GREAT on plot but too long and dry in places. I must see how it ends!

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    1. I do try to give a book a few chapters, but sometimes I couldn't even give the book that.

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  13. Hi Ellie,

    I'm still trickling my way through the February IWSG posts :).
    Like you, it doesn't matter to me if an author is best selling or not: if the story grabs me, I'm in! This year, I've set myself a challenge of reading at least a book a month that I know nothing about! This has led me to some marvelous experiences so far. I'm having a blast reading with no preconceived notions.

    Best of luck to you in your reading challenge this year!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    1. That's an awesome challenge. It's good to throw ourselves outside of our comfort zone.

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