You guessed right, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, time for our monthly IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. Check out the IWSG Website for wonderful tips.
This amazing online group was started by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars), because he believes that writers should have a place where they can talk about their writing insecurities, anxieties, worries, clear their doubts and learn from other writers. To let the writers let off a whole lot of writing steam, he chose the first Wednesday of every month. Trust me when I say this, we all feel a couple of kilos lighting after the ISWG post as so much of our frustration and anxiety is eliminated.
And to make things easier for us, this adorable angel, announced that every IWSG post will have a question which members can either answer in their post or can even make it the topic of their post. Blessed are we writers to have such an angel in our writing lives.
The February 1 question is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
If I have to answer this question honestly, I would say that being a writer has ruined my reading experience (this has also a lot to do with the book reviews I do for 2 newspapers). And the more I’m writing the more fussy I’m getting as a reader. Earlier I would read and just enjoy the story. Nowadays, I analyze it so much mentally, trying to see how I would have tackled it if it had been my story. Infact every aspect of the book is scrutinized by me: the plot points, character arcs, the sentence structure, how each chapter ends, how the scenes are described etc.
I feel I’m using my reading as a writing exercise: how to write better. I’m constantly trying to learn from other writers: what to do and what not to do in a story. Sometimes, I feel I’m unable to read for the sheer joy of reading books. Nowadays I’m just not able to get completely involved into a story. I just hope this is a temporary phase and I get back to my earlier voracious reading without overthinking.
I’m looking forward to reading all your posts to see how being a writer has changed your experience as a reader.