The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
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!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog.
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?
On my business cards it says writer and reading advocate. Personally, I do not feel you can be a writer and not be a reader too. There is only so much time in a day but reading fuels your creativity.
When this idea is raised I think of this quote:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King
One of the best things I did for my writing is to do the Bradbury Trio challenge. As a Do It Yourself MFA you read one poem, one essay, and one short story a day according to Ray Bradbury. This fuels my ideas for stories through memories that come up as I read or just a spark. It is the same way with podcasts for me.
Reading stories allows me to see how other writers have structured their stories as well.
Zadie Smith has been quoted as saying that all you need to learn about writing can be learning through reading. I believe her.
Why would you want to write if you don’t like reading? Does that mean you would not read your own work then? It is an interesting thought.
Reading is the gateway to everything in life — writing included.