Wednesday, February 1, 2017


The brainchild of


How has being a writer
changed your experience as a reader?

I became a reader and a writer almost simultaneously. Reading increased my vocabulary, and my writing skills have improved with each story, essay, and novel.

I have heard other writers say that they don’t enjoy reading and seldom do. I can’t wrap my head around those kinds of statements.

If I could, I would own a large room filled to the brim with books, I would spend hours each day just reading. I would gladly give up food for the privilege!

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  1. I still love reading too. I'm a more critical reader, but still a reader.

    And yeah, I'm working on my Drawer excerpt.

  2. I'm going to work on my WEP piece this weekend, can't wait!

  3. I still love to read. I just don't get as much time to do that for fun anymore.

  4. I want that large room filled with books too. I don't think I could give up the food LOL but I would be happy just to read and read and read some more.

  5. You know I would like to go on a reading holiday where I shut myself up in a room with bath and balcony and have a big do not disturb sign on my door. And I could order my meals and just have the waiter or delivery service leave them outside my door so I could bring it in when they leave. That is my idea of a beautiful vacation.
    Shalom aleichem,

  6. haha I don't think I'd sacrifice eating, as then I'd be dead and couldn't read. WEP will soon be spun and done.

  7. I can't imagine being a writer if one doesn't like to read.

  8. Unfortunately, if I spent hours reading, I wouldn't have any time left over for writing. So I sneak it in whenever I can.

  9. I still love reading, but it's harder to sweep me away. But it's so exciting when it happens.

  10. It's a good point you make about becoming a writer at the same time you became a reader. I had never thought of it like that. I do have to say that while I love reading, I can get tired of it. Especially after a bad book. And then I just get so distracted by life (and commenting on blogs! 😉)

  11. Very cool that you enjoy reading so much. Happy Feb!!!!!

  12. I had a hard time reading when I was little, but when I got better at it that is around the time when I started writing. :)

  13. As you know, I read over 100 books a year. They are my oxygen even though they take away writing time, but hey, we learn so much by reading a good book!

  14. I'm with you! I love to read, though given my fondness for food, probably wouldn't make that trade-off (but I love to read and eat...). And I am very skeptical of anyone who writes but doesn't read. I think it's essential to read widely (initially typed "wildly," which is okay too!) if you want to really become a good writer.

  15. I loved what you said. Great post. I'd like a room full of books too.
    Happy IWSG Day!
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  16. I don't understand writers who don't read either. Reading keeps you afloat in our crazy world. Can't imagine myself without a book to read for more than 1 day.

  17. I'm right there with you. I've been and avid and voracious reader most of my life. In H.S. I truly enjoyed most of the classics the other kids thought we were forced to read. I can't imagine anyone thinking they could be any more than a mediocre writer if they don't read.

    It breaks my heart a little to think about a 'room full of books'. Today I have a kindle full of books. After moving to the Caribbean for a number of years and then returning to the States, I found that I simply could not afford the expense of shipping books all over the world. Not to mention the affect of a tropical climate on pr9inted material. But if I won the lottery...


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