Welcome to this month's post of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group! The name says it all. If you're a writer in need of support, JOIN HERE!
October 2 question - It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
1. - Stephen King, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have time (or the tools) to write.
If you don't love reading, why are you writing? You have to a passion for what you're doing. If you don't, no one else will.
2. - Reading doesn't adulterate your writing. Guess what folks. None of our ideas are original. I've worked at four book stores and libraries. Everything under the sun has been written about before.
Most writers I have taught in my workshops have favorite artists they prefer to emulate. As you're developing your chops you use other peoples voices until they morph into your own.
3. - Hunter S. Thompson would type F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels one by one to emulate his syntax and cadence.
This is not an uncommon practice. Why reinvent the wheel?
Do you agree? If not, why? Please leave your answers in the comment section below. I heart comments! I will always return a comment unless a house falls on me or I'm abducted by aliens.