First A Reader, Then A Writer

09 Mar First A Reader, Then A Writer

One of the many things I love about reading is the feeling of complete immersion. So, what frustrates me is when I can’t seem to connect with a book. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does seem like it has been happening more frequently.

Not that I’ve read a billion books, but I have been reading constantly for most of my life. Due to this, I feel I have a good amount of book knowledge and awareness of what interests me. In addition, my patience isn’t what it used to be and even though I’ve always been a DNF-er, I’m continuing to do so at earlier parts in the story (or so it seems).

Book knowledge/expectations combined with lower levels of patience brings me to the quote:

There are SO many books (and my TBR list is is long) I do want to read, so I don’t mean to sound contradictory. What I’m trying to say is that along with the many books I do want to read, I know there are stories in my head that I’ve yet to see on the shelf.

I think writing is a natural progression of a life spent reading. The two go hand-in-hand and usually compliment each other.

As readers, we easily pick up on writing styles that work and on those that don’t. We know and love when something feels authentic, which is why we continue to seek out book after book. It’s an addiction of the best type.

So, when is it time to put our own pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard?

I ask myself time and again this very question. I have started a side non-fiction project and of course I write on this blog, but my heart belongs to the many worlds of fiction.

This quote by Virginia Woolf about writing is another that is never far from my thoughts.

I think I’ve got a head full of flowing words, they just need a bit of order and discipline. Life experience gives perspective, which paves the way for stories to take shape and move on their own. We, the constant readers, are their vehicles.

Just a few thoughts today about writing and reading that I felt like sharing. Do you have a desire to write? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Julie Wyatt
    Posted at 00:21h, 10 March Reply

    I would LOVE to read your words! Write on sista!

  • Carol
    Posted at 03:14h, 10 March Reply

    Wow! So much to digest here! I, too, find I’m much less patient with reading these days! First, I dislike heavy handed agendas and agenda driven books and being “told” how to think! Next, I prefer more substance and thoughtful themes than a lot of contemporary women’s fiction offers. Then, I am annoyed with crass language and too much profanity. Finally, I am too sensitive to read scary thrillers…or any book with a knife on the cover. I tell ya….It’s amazing I find anything to read! LoL!

    My fav quote is from Guernsey: “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”

    I think every reader must feel that urge to write!!! As a reader, I greatly admire and respect authors!!! I think it’s wonderful you are feeling that desire! Go for it!!! Promise me I can get an ARC???!!!

    Thanks for sharing your heart! 😍

    • themostconstant
      Posted at 16:43h, 10 March Reply

      You are too sweet! I agree with so much of what you said as well. Heavy handed agendas wear on my last nerve! I hate it when characters are created to fill certain “token” spots (for lack of a better phrase) to make a novel more pc. I feel like that is happening more and more. It takes the authenticity away from a story in a split second and disappoints me just as fast. Language doesn’t bother me if it’s not used gratuitously. The older I become the more I appreciate a good cuss word, esp when it’s used in the right circumstance 😉 Sometimes saying, “dang it” just doesn’t get the job done! And—of course is give you an ARC! 🙂

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