Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2 Ways To Pinpoint Genres You're Inclined to Read vs Write #IWSG #amwriting #amediting #CottonWolfPublishing

 


It's the first Wednesday of March. Time for another of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. We share advice, our fears and let the optional monthly questions inspire us to discuss what's been either inspiring and/or eating away at us. Join us by clicking HERE! 

March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

1. Take Inventory -

When it comes to my reading preferences I'm all over the shelving map. My personal library is organized into sections alpha by author. The only section alpha by subject is my auto/biography section for obvious reasons. I collect biographies on Sidonie Colette. A performer, journalist, novelist and play write with a mind blowing repertoire. Colette has her own section. It sits prominently among the Cs in my biography section next to french windows on the left-side of my study.

The rest of the sections are as follows: Fiction, Mystery, History, Poetry and Plays, Philosophy and Religion, Music, True Crime, Science, Psychology, Art, Science Fiction and I'm probably leaving out a few subs. Having worked at 3 indie bookstores in the SF Bay I own A LOT of books. My library is the largest room in my house. It practically is my house. When guests ask if I've read them all I gently shoo them away to prevent them further offending my collection.

My editor on desk in "The Library" giving me her now perfected condescending yet concerned look.

I wish I could take a picture of what my library and writing desk look like now for this post. I swear it's tidy and organized. But I'm up in Truckee.

Chillin. Literally. 

With moms and dogs. 

2. What Compels You The Most? What Gets You Excited?

My writing mostly consists noir mystery novels, Horror/SciFi shorts and autobiographical work. Remember the old adage, "You'll be best at writing what you most enjoy reading?" Readers can tell when the passion and intensity resonates on the page. We take the time to flesh out what we cherish. 

To keep the lights on I've been copywriting, content creating and ghost writing on a myriad of topics and genres. This forces me out of my comfort zone intensifying my love for travel and learning. 

What genres do you most enjoy? Why? 

I heart comments, and always return them unless I'm possessed by sprits or abducted by aliens. Each month I look forward to the one day I get to absorb the posts of our community. 

Happy IWSG Day!

#IWSG #amwriting 

@TheIWSG



26 comments:

  1. Oh, to have a library like that! I'm a bit jealous :)

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    1. Thanks. It's pretty much my whole life and takes up all my living space. ;)

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  2. When we moved into this house we had bookshelves put in. It seemed a lot, but it wasn't nearly enough!

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  3. Love your library! :)
    I read fairly widely but less-widely than I once did. As I get older, I refuse to read books that are going to shred me to pieces - I've seen too much of that in the real world. I much prefer my happy endings :P

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    1. I enjoy happy endings, but I also indulge in the nightmarish. Sometimes I just feel the need to stare directly into the sun. Ha. Happy IWSG Day!

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  4. Hope you aren't possessed by spirits or abducted by aliens. If so, I hope you at least have fun with it! LOL. That sounds like a really great personal library. In fact, I think I might be a little jealous. Hope you have a great March!

    Anne from annehiga.com

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  5. Haven't been possessed or abducted yet. Still waiting. Hope you have a great March as well!

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  6. I love your comment about taking time with things you cherish. That is the truth!

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  7. It really is. Follow your bliss! Of course, mine sometimes involves staring directly into the sun. Figuratively, of course.

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  8. My husband and I are both readers. We have book cases in multiple rooms and could use a few more. We were stationed overseas for many years and when we left a couple of places we really tried to pare down our 'collection'. hah I think we both have several books going in various rooms. All rooms but the bathroom...

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    1. I attempted the -one book in one book out- method. Didn't last long. I'm wary of candles and sleeping with my furnace on. My house could easily go up like a tinderbox.

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  9. I think your collection is awesome. No one asks how often someone looks at a collection of paintings. Or how often someone has listened to all the albums of a music collection.

    I love reading a wide variety of genres. I posted for IWSG day today. My post includes a new book by a friend, a note about a free book next week, a tweet about a query contest (LGBTQ romance this round), and a quick message about April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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    1. Thank you. I saw that on your blog. I need to check it out. Great post, and Happy IWSG Day!

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  10. Yay for an awesome library! My shelves are overflowing, so I'm trying to get better about rehoming them. I want to put up a little library out front some day.

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    1. Thank you. My tiny apartment in San Francisco was a disaster with books. This is the first time I've had the space. I recommend the home decor book, Creative Spaces. It shows you how to put up bookshelves without sacrificing space in any room!

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  11. That desk and those shelves look almost exactly like mine at home, although I may have a few more alchemically related devices lying around too.

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  12. Wow! Your library is very organized. Most of mine is unorganized on Kindle. I like to buy books for others and get my own on Kindle or at the library so I don't have too many things at my house now that I'm getting older.

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    1. I hear you, Natalie. Every time I move I get my toned biceps back from carrying my book boxes from my old to new home. ;) Bankers boxes are the only way to go. Ha!

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  13. What an intriguing blog you have, Adrienne. I LOVE your library photo. And bravo to you for organizing your books into sections--any kind of sections. My library is still mostly in boxes because of my move. Thanks for a great read here! And tell your editor, she won't get any treats if she doesn't at least give you some incentive to keep writing. All best to you.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! My editor is pretty great with counterbalancing her criticisms. These books have seen a lot of boxes as well. ;)

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  14. How often do you reorganise? And do you stick to the same method with everytime?

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    1. I don't really re-organize. I more or less just try put things in a n order that makes sense to me. I put my books into sections of groups. Then it's alpha by author except Bio and Auto- Biography, which is alpha by subject.

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  15. What an entertaining post! I love your library, messy or not. We too, have a LOT of books. In fact when we moved, we got rid of around 150-200, and still have too many sitting in our basement of the new house because we have no room for them! So very sad.

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    1. I feel you, Lisa. I slowly over time (and various states of co-habitation) gave into my library and let it take over.

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