Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How Has My Experience as a Writer Changed My Reading Experience?

Optional Question for Today: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

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! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG


The awesome co-hosts for today are Misha Gericke,  Christy LK Hill, Juneta Key, and Joylene Buter!

The answer to our optional question today is somewhat complicated for me. As a writer the classes and workshops have influenced my writing and as a result, changed the way I write to make the reading experience more enjoyable for my reader. But the real change happened when I began critiquing and then professionally editing. The more manuscripts I read, the more I could identify my own insufficiencies...and theirs. SHOW DON'T TELL meant so much more to me when I saw someone else make the same mistake. The "ah ha" moments just kept coming. Studying how a good author does it right. Makes reading for pleasure almost impossible.

Reading for pleasure now only happens when I force myself not to study the process, and I read seasoned authors' works. I seldom discover a new author I don't find myself editing. Remember I said seldom. It happens and is always a pleasant surprise I love the experience of picking up a book and looking up half way through, wondering how I got there. So keep in mind, when you write, Hook them in the first paragraph, keep the pace moving, hook the reader from one scene to the next. Don't allow the reader to breathe without a struggle.


  1. It does take seeing it done wrong in someone else's work before we really grasp the concept and see it in our own.
    I'm more critical but fortunately I still find new authors to read.

    1. It is also exciting to see it done right. Sometimes just seeing the criticism isn't enough; sometimes you need a positive example for the "ah ha" moment to strike.

  2. I can imagine that editing professionally makes reading for enjoyment that much more difficult. Great advice! Christy

    1. When the work is well done, it doesn't matter. "Calgon, take me away" moments still happen. Those are doubly exciting.