It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once per month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
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How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
As I work on my craft of writing, my appreciation for tight writing has grown beyond my wildest expectation and stolen some of the pleasure. It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper article. Typically, these stories are stuffed with useless helping words and my attention drifts to other gaudy headlines.
I struggle to capture the emotions of my characters and create vivid scenes. It’s been drummed into my head, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, Joylene Butler has a different opinion. She assures me telling is OK.
As I read a scene from “Q Is For Quarry” by Sue Grafton, I recognized telling moved the story along and engaged my imagination. Capturing the reader’s attention is the goal, right?
I just finished “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham and had nightmares. I’m going back to the book and figure out why.
Writing is responsible for my shameful habit of marking up the text and writing in the margins. Gasp!
So to answer the question, has being a writer changed my experience? Answer: YES.
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