The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
Today’s Question – Everyone has a favourite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?
I love to read. And thankfully have many readers in my family. I used to say my eldest sister was the most ferocious reader I know, until my middle sister beat her in our Goodreads challenge last year. We’ll see what happens this year. Having my sisters list of books, my connections with writers, and a curiosity to learn about new books from radio interviews, blog posts, and newspaper reviews, I’ve been exposed to many genres. My book club challenges me to read books beyond my ‘normal.’ Also, I’ve been blessed to be part of many book launches that allows me to read not only brand new books, but also genres new to me.
So yes, I’d say I read widely in many genres. But currently what influences my writing the most are essay collections in books such as Anne Lamont’s, Small Victories, and blogs by Ann Voskamp. When playing with writing teen fiction, I reread S. E. Hinton’s drama The Outsiders and Madeline l’Engles fantasy, A Wrinkle In Time. Even though I do read current teen and young adult novels, I am motivated to re-read my favourites when writing.
From literary journals to romance to tween graphic novels (I am on book 4 of The Babysitters Club graphic novel series), and everything in-between, I read just about everything. That doesn’t mean that I finish every book for reasons you can read more about here. However, I’m happy to live in a world where reading choices are endless, I’d say (much better than television choices in my opinion)!
Is there a particular genre you are drawn to or do you read a variety of genres?
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You can read more from the wonderful writers of various genres at ISWG. The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!
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