The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
February’s question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
When I first started writing, I read strictly as a reader. I didn't look below the surface or story line. Over the years that has gradually changed. One thing I noticed is that many of the kings and queens of our favorite genres had developed their style before the 'rules' became applicable, which makes me question the validity of the 'rules'. I find myself agreeing with Nick Wilford's assessment that rules are merely guidelines or suggestions.
I also find myself wondering how much of the author's view points, beliefs, characteristics or expressions creep into his or her writing. Case in point. One of the authors I follow has a specific phrase that his series character usually says several times in every novel. I grin whenever I see it and think to myself I bet the author uses that phrase himself with regularity. It's not unusual to find a white cat, vegetarian, or political opinion in some of my books. What about you? As a reader, who has a writer friend, do you see anything of them in their work? Or do you lose yourself in the story and not even think about who's writing it? As a writer, do you see yourself creeping into your fiction?
My news for the month:
Sundial is going to be featured on Book Bub.
He came through time for her.
Happy February 1st.