Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 2019 IWSG

Hello everyone and as always thanks for stopping by. These are the co-hosts for August 2019’s Insecure Writers Support Group brought to you by Alex J. Cavanaugh and his team of co-hosts: Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

Be sure to stop by their sites and give them some love for all their hard work this month! 


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? 

I don’t see how one can develop the necessary character arcs of multiple personalities let alone create settings especially in a mythical world if they are not healthy readers. 

The Ultimate Game of Jenga

The best books I’ve read all come from writers who are voracious readers. This is true for fiction and non-fiction. 

Unless the writer uses a ghost writer. And I don’t read many of those books. 


Question Fall is officially here. Any special plans for a spooky October?

19 comments:

  1. Hi Stephen, I like the term you used, 'Healthy Readers'. I agree that the best books come from writers who are all voracious readers.

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  2. Yes, I think we have to read if we are to write.

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  3. Love the book jenga tower. :)

    We have an empty next at our house now, but I've decorated for the neighborhood kids for Halloween. :)

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  4. Interesting about ghost writers, and how, presumably they have to follow the wishes of the ‘celebrity’, regardless of what the ghost really wishes?

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  5. I think authors should read because of inspiration from other stories. If another author's book can get you to ask "what if?" then why not follow that thread and see where it takes you? That doesn't mean the story will be like that author's book after all.

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  6. Reading definitely gives an insight into one's own writing!

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  7. Healthy Readers is the perfect term. I am glad to be one.
    Happy October to you, Stephen!

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  8. Love the pic of ultimate Jenga! Happy IWSG day :-)

    Ronel visiting and on co-hosting IWSG day Co-hosting, Flagship Content and Interesting Developments

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  9. It's weird to me that someone would write without reading.

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  10. So agree. I wouldn't want to read something by someone who doesn't write.

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  11. This is my favorite month of the year! I wish it lasted longer. My whole town is full of spooky happenings.

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  12. But if you did read a ghost-written book, how would you know?

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  13. I can't imagine a writer who doesn't also read.

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  14. After hopping from blog to blog, most if not all writer's agree. A writer must read.

    October is my favorite month!

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  15. I had the same thought as Diane - books that are ghostwritten don't exactly trumpet that fact! That does make the whole concept more disagreeable to me, and I'd rather avoid them if I can. A book needs to have the heart and soul of the person named on the cover - and a person with heart and soul must read!

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  16. I don't waste my time reading ghost written material either. It gives me the impression that the person that the byline is attributed to in all reality can't write or is just too lazy too. Plans for a spooky October? I always make sure my October is spooky: I plan to release a print version of a Halloween themed book of horror stories and attend a Halloween party that my writers critique group puts on every year. And of course read and watch plenty of horror!

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  17. Yeah makes no sense to me why you would even write if you don't like to read. Happy IWSG!

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  18. Hi, Stephen! I was flying on IWSG Day so I'm still making the rounds. I love "The Ultimate Game of Jenga" photo! A stack of books like that is my idea of heaven. I can't fathom how anyone could write without reading. Happy reading and writing to you in October!

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