Thanks one and all for sharing your reading experience. This week’s topic is a step away from that. How has your reading influenced your writing? I firmly believe that most writers write because they were first readers. Reading is a hard habit to break, and why would you want to do such a thing?
Much of my sense of writing has to do with clarity, connecting the dots and finding some form of resolution, or completion. Even Science Fiction and Fantasy has to make some sort of sense, use the tension of storyline and plot, or it wouldn’t be read at all.
As I have already stated in an earlier discussion, writing creates a constant learning process, as far as I am concerned. My reading was also aimed toward that desire to learn. So, I have a tendency to seek out authors who tackle an issue and seek its solution on some level. Mystery and suspense are hard wired to those realities, as is most good writing.
When I sit to write a poem, I seldom have much more than a vague impression of topic in mind. The writing becomes my way of connecting the dots, and more often than that, I stumble on surprises while engaged in that process. I like a well-rounded ending, one that at least takes a stab at some form of conclusion. That has become a very important aspect of my own writing process as well.
I’ve learned a great deal from reading, and not just about writing. What and where do you find your reading influencing your writing?
The mic is open:
PS Mike, no one gets demerits here. You may speak (write) for however long you desire. That goes for everyone.