This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group. Click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question:
How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
This won’t surprise any writers I know: Forcing myself to tighten up the plot, vary sentence and paragraph lengths, avoid dialogue tags, and fix every bit of grammar and spelling has made me notice mistakes in even my favorite authors that I never would have in the past. I liked to think of published authors with their high-powered agents as perfect, but that simply isn’t true. They’re human. In a way, that makes them more accessible. It also gives me permission to self-publish my well-written and extreme-edited manuscript because I’ll probably be as good as other books I read.
The second way writing has changed me as a reader is I read a lot more than I used to. Many (many) authors say the key to writing is reading. I believe that. I mostly read in my genre so I can see how other successful authors develop the story arc, manage pacing, and move from crisis to crisis. This gives me ideas on how I might do it.
What about you? Do you enjoy reading more? Or less, now that you’re a writer?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.