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This month's Insecure Writers Support Group topic is:
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
The truth is...A LOT
I was always a voracious reader. I was the kid in school reading as she walked to class, totally oblivious of people saying hello or...to my utter dismay, opening doors. I chewed through tomes in just a couple of days always on the prowl for a new series to swoon over. Often quoting characters and expecting others to understand my nerdy references. Yeah...that kid.
BUT...reading took a little of an unexpected turn for me. It became a learning experience on how to write.
As an author, I can appreciate what an author is doing in terms of technique. When I read, I notice things like dialogue, world-building, character development, story arc...and I learn a ton from each author.
Reading helps me identify what works and what doesn't. What I like and why I like it. And hopefully, improve my own writing.
I figure the more I take in great writing...better writing...than my own...the more I learn.
Because of this, my choices in books has changed to reflect my taste for higher quality products. The YA genre in particular is pumping out some amazing series...I am truly excited as a reader and fan!
So now, happily, I have an actual professional reason for my book hoarding! Yay me!
Please take a look at some of the other insightful posts by the Insecure Writers Support Group...you never know where inspiration might strike.