Hallo fine peoples! Welcome to Insecure Writer's First Wednesday, and one month into the re-boot, known as the New Year.
So it's been a month of chaos... I did that old writing thing for a while. My buddy Tina-Sue and I holding each other accountable... but it all sort of fell to heck when the world did. So once again, back to it...
But as for this month's Insecure Post... the question is:
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
The answer, at risk of sounding like a major moron, is bigly. Oops. Was than political? Sorry.
|I still walk and read. That hasn't changed.|
But you know what? They aren't actually all bad. The rule abiding writer sort notices, but if other readers don't then the book is FINE.
And then I sort of got into a perverse cycle of loving bad books because they taught me what not to do. I'm over that. Though I still advocate doing it for a while. Just not long enough to pick up any bad habits.
And for more than a year of learning to write mysteries I read only mysteries, and then learning to write YA I read only YA. Anymore I try to mix it up a bit. And I try to separate from the rules. But I am definitely a more critical reader than I used to be. I read a lot of fantasy because I don't write ANY fantasy. I'm more a puzzlemaster than a world maker. It allows me that domain to figure “fantasy just does that”. I want so badly to have reading as escapism still available to me, and that is where I've found it.
What about the rest of you? Has it made reading better? Worse? Just different? No different?
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