IWSG January 6, 2021: Stops You From Reading

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.   

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are:
Ronel Janse van Vuuren, J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise – Fundy Blue!
 
QUESTION: Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?
 
MY ANSWER:
Well, the subject has to interest me for starters. The real turn off is filler words and long descriptive paragraphs. Get on with the story. Show the character doing something and let my imagination fill in the details.
 
I enjoy reading authors. Except some are determined to include a fat descriptive paragraph in every chapter. I scan the words, get the gist of what the character is wearing, physical description, and move on. A sentence or two is my limit. 
 
Another turn off is unnecessary repetition and filler words.  Classic examples can be found in newspaper articles. Have you noticed when the author repeats the introduction and add useless text? I’m positive they are paid by the word and lack imagination.
 
It’s been said, folks have less attention span than a goldfish. Well, that’s me. Get on with the story.
 
Thanks for visiting and I’m looking forward to reading your answer to the January IWSG question.
 
P.S. La Cruz Writer’s Group (LCWG) would like to include more writers. We read,  comment, and encourage. If you or someone you know might be interested, please send me an email with LCWG in the subject line. Or let me know in the comment section below. (Email: sv.lavita@gmail.com). Thanks!
 
 

15 thoughts on “IWSG January 6, 2021: Stops You From Reading

  1. Hi and Happy New Year!
    That you have a great 2021 is my wish for you.
    I sincerely hope you find enough writers that are willing to participate in your writer group. We writers need all the encouragement we can get.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      Folks reading and commenting on my writing has taught me more than all the How To tutorials I read. Something about thoughtful comments on my words held a powerful impact.
      Regarding our Writer Group, I am seeking right action for all.

  2. Happy New Year, Lynn. Best to you and Rick. Hopefully, we’ll get together sooner than later. I don’t think you’d want my cold, so I’ll get rid of it first. Feliz Ano Nuevo!

    1. Hi Gwen,
      I’d say we enjoy a swift moving story. What does that say about our attention span? ha ha.

      I have a good friend that writes historical fiction. Loaded with description and character details. She has hundreds of fans. I wonder what draws folks to different styles.
      Thank you for co-hosting this month.

  3. I like the goldfish image, Lynn! That will be vivid and easy to remember when I’m writing. Good luck with your writing this year! Stay healthy and safe.

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