Wednesday, October 2, 2019

OCTOBER IWSG

Good morning. I'm running late. Will catch up soon. Have a great day.




Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His 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!


Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

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 think I agree with that. When I read, I learn so much and my mind starts to thinking about the characters and their story and ideas will pop into my head. Not copying the people and stories that I read but going off in a different direction that I think of when I'm reading. I don't know if that makes sense. I don't copy the ideas, but they give me a new outlook on life.

How about you?

Happy Reading!

26 comments:

  1. Yes, Beverly, that is what we hope to give our readers, young or old, a deeper experience and more understanding of life, isn't it.

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    1. You are so right, lostinimaginaryworlds. It is amazing what we can learn from reading and writing.

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  2. I love how you said that it gives us a different perspective on life. That's so true!

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    1. It sure is, Natalie. It's just waiting there for us to discover and by reading we do.

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  3. I personally think many people can read the same story but get a different perspecitve of it which to me is good.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Oh, yes, Yvonne. I agree. We all see different things when we read. Good, yes.

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  4. We each have our own perspective and can take ideas in all new directions.

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    1. We sure do, Diane, and isn't it exciting when we discover those new directions.

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  5. I totally get what you're saying. Even if I'm reading something completely different from my own work, it will still inspire me to get back to writing.

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    1. The inspiration is there for us indeed, Sarah. All we have to do is notice it.

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  6. Yeah, one thing can inspire 50 different ideas in one's head.

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    1. Isn't that amazing, Pat? One little thing and we all look at it differently. Fun.

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  7. I agree completely! Plus, reading is the best way to learn how to write. It's taught me how I like things done, and how I don't. What works (imo) and what doesn't. I don't know how I would learn so much if I didn't read.

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    1. Oops. That was supposed to be a reply not comment. Here it is again. I think it's my bedtime.
      You're absolutely right, T Drecker. I learn so much from reading. Like you said, how to do things and how not to. I catch myself editing a story sometimes. Silly me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. You're absolutely right, T Drecker. I learn so much from reading. Like you said, how to do things and how not to. I catch myself editing a story sometimes. Silly me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Your answer totally makes sense to me! Reading can spark new ideas and take our minds on different paths. Plus, hearing/reading stories makes us think of more stories I think. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm happy I make sense to you, Jess. Sometimes I wonder. :) But I always discover something new when I read a story. And yes the more read read the more stories we think of. Have a great week.

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  10. I totally agree, Beverly! Whether sparking new and different ideas or twists or just creativity in general, reading always helps me.

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    1. Yes, Karin, we can learn so much from reading. And when it helps with our writing that's an added bonus.

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  11. Writers are readers, that's how they learned. I agree with you, sometimes a good book will spur your imagination to take off in a totally different direction. And I love reading. You get to travel to different places from a cozy chair in your home.

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    1. You're right, Judy. And it's so much fun to travel to different places, meet interesting people and help them solve their problems. Or make them worse. Thanks for stopping by.

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