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Writing and reading

I remember being told that writers should also be avid readers, and for a few years I felt like I wasn’t reading nearly enough. I mean, after wading through huge psychology text books, or reading the necessary texts for English papers I did not have the time or energy to launch into fiction. Once every few months I would read a book over the course of a day or two just to keep in touch with fiction, but beyond that… yeah I was slacking.

These days though I’m reading a lot more, I’ve suddenly got the time for it and am finding myself reading 2-3 books a week again, most weeks anyway, though sometimes it’s an effort to get out of the house to the library and it’s normally then that I don’t read.

I would have to say though, that I am now spending as much time reading as I am working on my writing and that’s pretty cool, though admittedly I mostly do it for pleasure I’m finding myself learning things along the way: taking note of the things that work for me, the things that don’t, and then trying to isolate ‘why’ so that I can apply it to my own work.

Learning is never done best alone, in my opinion, because let’s face it, if you want to get anywhere in the writing world you can’t just be writing for yourself. I love sharing my work, and getting feedback on it, and I like writing stories/novels that friends and family will enjoy.

So, taking this whole reading (and learning) thing to the next step (for me anyways) is the e-Fiction Book Club.

Technically this is my ‘say no’/do little month, but I couldn’t resist putting my hand up for this. I get to read novels/novellas/short story collections/series etc, and then discuss them with other people!

Not only will this help broaden my horizons, but it means I’ve got two books a month set to read that I don’t have to pick myself (ah yes, showing my lazy side), and I hope that in reading and reviewing books and then being able to discuss them with the other reviewers on the blog (all wonderful women by the way! I’m so thrilled to be working with this bunch) my learning about what makes something work, and what doesn’t (for a variety of different readers) will in turn help me write stories that others will enjoy.

I’ve always wanted to be part of a book club, but never done it, so now I am. YAY! I’m really looking forward to seeing what is out there in the e-fiction world.

Feel free to read along with us, comment, join the discussion, or if you have something you think you might like us to review then head over to the guidelines page to get more information.Β  The first book is up on Monday, not long to go now!

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14 thoughts on “Writing and reading”

    1. yeah the whole ‘free’ thing is certainly appealing! The most I can afford to spend on books is a couple bucks here and there, which is why I LOVE withdrawn library books, so cheap.

  1. Fascinating… why do I say that, what am I spock? Anyway, I too am glad that you have pointed that out. I read a LOT of novels. I actually have a library of books that I read over and over, along with some that I have still yet to read. Still, I think this would be a wonderful thing for me to check out as well. Learning different techniques and writing styles from other authors, well, just makes sense.

    I actually have never been to the library in my city. That’s kinda sad, but I don’t really have a need to go.

    Thanks so much for the happy birthday and all that, you and Merrilee are quite talented at making me smile no matter what sort of day I’ve had.

    1. Aw, that makes me smile in return!
      I think it is sad, you should visit the library just for fun. Take the lil one, get her hooked on the bookiness young! I take L with me, she likes crawling in the aisles while I browse – though she’d much rather eat books than read just yet πŸ˜‰

  2. Christa may not know how to read yet, but she sits for hours staring at books and babbling very loudly! I think she’s telling herself stories, and it’s pretty damn cute. I must admit that I haven’t noticed any book eating habits in development! πŸ˜›

    1. lol I think it’s more that L is teething… everything goes in!
      Certainly a cute mental image you’ve painted! Aren’t kids awesome?

  3. Ah, teething! Yeah, kids are awesome! I always have to squish her cause she’s so cute.

    Oh, man… it’s been a stressful day. I’ve lost my wedding ring!! Now there’s a distraction from reading and writing! 😦

    1. aw, that IS a distraction. I’m always paranoid I’m going to lose mine – in fact I switched position of my engagement ring with my wedding because it’s slightly smaller so I’m hoping it’ll prevent the wedding one from falling off again!
      Any chance you’ll find it?

  4. I certainly hope that there is a chance I’ll find it. It seems as though I have searched everywhere, but even everywhere has it’s secret places. SIGH. I’m not ready to start preparing myself for telling Michelle just yet.

  5. Is the e-Fiction Book Club Merrilee’s project?

    I’ve been there and I will probably sign up. Time commitments scare me silly because just when I think the coast is clear for a week or two, another story comes careening out of nowhere. My concept file is huge and my actual word count not so much because of commitments.

    I don’t think i”ll be able to resist, however, and I have at least one afternoon a week I can clean up….

    …aw heck. I’m in.

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