Write but don't read

Discuss writing, including writing tips & tricks, writing philosophy, writer's block, etc. If you have grammar questions, marketing questions, or if you want feedback on a poem or short story you wrote, please use the corresponding forum below.
Featured Topic: How to Get Your Book Published
Forum rules
If you have spelling or grammar questions, please post them in the International Grammar section.

If you want feedback for poetry or short stories you have written, please post the poem or short story in either the Creative Original Works: Short Stories section or the Creative Original Works: Poetry section.

If you have a book that you want reviewed, click here to submit your book for review.
User avatar
Chilispree
Posts: 7
Joined: 19 Aug 2014, 13:27
Bookshelf Size: 0
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-chilispree.html
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Re: Write but don't read

Post by Chilispree » 19 Aug 2014, 13:45

your post is interesting to me, because I also used to feel this way. I found that I almost couldn't read. I was too distracted. I was eventually diagnosed with ADD. Since then, I've been able to understand my distractions and delve back into reading. I realize now that reading is an excellent supplement to writing. I imagined that my writing without reading was a very small wheel, but as I began to read more, the wheel expanded, and each of my thoughts became fresher and less derivative. It almost seems counterintuitive. One would think that reading makes a writer's work more derivative but I actually think it's the opposite, because reading tends to work writers' creative muscles (or at least mine).

User avatar
ALynnPowers
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 8447
Joined: 21 Aug 2014, 07:14
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 342
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-alynnpowers.html
Latest Review: "Jake and the man-eating Picnic Basket" by Peter Preston
Reading Device: B0051QVF7A
2017 Reading Goal: 125
Goal Completion: 3
Publishing Contest Votes: 13

Post by ALynnPowers » 12 Jan 2015, 05:18

I can't wrap my head around this concept. Culture shock. How does it even work?

User avatar
SharisseEM
Posts: 273
Joined: 30 Sep 2014, 04:32
Favorite Author: Mia Sheridan
Favorite Book: Stinger
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 34
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sharisseem.html
Latest Review: "The Bonding" by Imogen Keeper
2017 Reading Goal: 0
fav_author_id: 3312

Post by SharisseEM » 13 Jan 2015, 11:47

I believe that reading and writing go hand in hand. You experience the writing styles of others and learn how they draw you into their work which then nurtures you as a writer. That's how I feel.
“I don't suffer from my insanity -- I enjoy every minute of it.”

User avatar
Snickerdoodle9
Posts: 64
Joined: 02 Feb 2015, 18:14
Favorite Author: Rick Riordan
Bookshelf Size: 39
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-snickerdoodle9.html
2017 Reading Goal: 0
fav_author_id: 2909

Post by Snickerdoodle9 » 08 Feb 2015, 18:35

I don't think that half my writing would be as good if I didn't read. Reading gives me inspiration, and I learn. If I read good books I learn about plot and characterization. I however, do not depend on my writing as an income, so I have more time. If I don't write one day it is not a big deal. I think that everyone should try to read in their daily schedule, because it really improves your writing.

Braktooth
Posts: 56
Joined: 28 Jan 2015, 19:36
Currently Reading: I would Die 4 U
Bookshelf Size: 38
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-braktooth.html
Latest Review: "The Ultimate Guide to Zombies" by Dave Robertson
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by Braktooth » 09 Feb 2015, 15:25

I have to read. I can't write without knowing something, and reading helps me learn, even if it's only how other people are writing. Sometimes there are styles or approaches that never would have occurred to me that help with my writing. In any case, I started reading before I was writing, and I'm pretty sure that pattern isn't going to change at this point.

User avatar
THWilliams82
Posts: 36
Joined: 26 Jan 2015, 23:30
Favorite Author: J.K Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series
Currently Reading: Lord of the Rings Book 1
Bookshelf Size: 5
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-thwilliams82.html
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Contact:

Post by THWilliams82 » 15 Feb 2015, 17:16

When I first started writing I found it hard to read books with a different POV to what I was writing. I don't find that any more and so can enjoy any books whilst writing my own!

User avatar
Dawn Chandler
Posts: 13
Joined: 19 Jan 2015, 16:06
Favorite Author: Stephen King
Favorite Book: The Dark Lady
Currently Reading: Potent Pleasures
Bookshelf Size: 566
2017 Reading Goal: 0
fav_author_id: 2376

Post by Dawn Chandler » 22 Feb 2015, 22:50

I absolutely love to read, and I read a wide variety of authors and genres. I write, mostly, historical romance, but my favorite author is Stephen King. I will read most anything and love to read almost as much as I love to write.

User avatar
CataclysmicKnight
Posts: 702
Joined: 26 Jan 2015, 19:51
Favorite Book: Ready Player One
Currently Reading: Achieve Your Dreams
Bookshelf Size: 389
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cataclysmicknight.html
Latest Review: "God and President Trump Plus the Rest of Us" by Patric Rutherford
2017 Reading Goal: 150
Goal Completion: 62
Location: Bourbon, IN
Contact:

Post by CataclysmicKnight » 22 Feb 2015, 23:06

It all depends on how you work. When I made games, I had zero time to play them, and often didn't even want to because I had to test my own so dang much! I'd imagine the same is true about writing - after spending all day writing and editing, the last thing I'd want to do is read!
Nothing is true, everything is permitted.

zeldas_lullaby
Posts: 5985
Joined: 27 Mar 2013, 20:01
Favorite Author: ---------
Favorite Book: The Thorn Birds
Currently Reading: The Last Stonestepper
Bookshelf Size: 79
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Location: ------------

Post by zeldas_lullaby » 14 Mar 2015, 23:35

I'm the same way. I cannot focus on reading. Fortunately, I can focus on writing. Go figure. I read voraciously as a kid/teen/college student. Now, whenever I finish reading a book, I congratulate myself. That's how hard it is. (I don't know if the problem is psychological, physiological, or physical.) I'd be more upset about it if my writing weren't successful. (And by successful, I mean that I actually CAN buckle down and focus on that.)

User avatar
DrummerDancer
Posts: 4
Joined: 05 Apr 2015, 16:30
Bookshelf Size: 0
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by DrummerDancer » 07 Apr 2015, 08:24

I've started recently trying to read more, if only to become a better writer.

User avatar
Rabidwerewolfie
Posts: 32
Joined: 22 Mar 2015, 11:01
Favorite Author: Kirstin Bakis
Bookshelf Size: 2
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by Rabidwerewolfie » 09 Apr 2015, 07:13

I don't think I personally could write if I didn't read. For one thing, what I read affects my writing style. Sometimes I actually catch myself picking up words and mannerisms from the book I'm reading or just finished, (most of which gets worked out in editing) so I try to make sure I don't read too many poorly written books.
I've also noticed that reading the occasional bad book helps me figure out what went wrong and how I personally can avoid it. I've also found it a good way to spark ideas. Out of an entire book, 1 insignificant detail will start an entire story going in my head. The author could mention petting a black dog and then never mention the animal again. A few days later, I'm thinking about a story of a big black dog.
But that's just me.

User avatar
Vivian Paschal
Posts: 234
Joined: 05 Jan 2017, 02:04
Favorite Author: John Grisham
Currently Reading: The Rainmaker
Bookshelf Size: 36
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vivian-paschal.html
Latest Review: "My Trip To Adele" by R.I.Alyaseer and A. I Alyaseer
2017 Reading Goal: 10
Goal Completion: 130
fav_author_id: 2455
Contact:

Post by Vivian Paschal » 18 Jun 2017, 01:07

I do both because I love to do both. Reading inspires me to write too. I didn't even know until now that it's possible to write without reading, at least within one's genre. If you just write to pour out your thoughts, that's fine. But you'll really need to do a lot of reading if you're writing what you might want people to read. It helps a lot, with grammar, interests, organization, learning how to pass your messages across, and what have you. I think you should try to make out time to read a lot more.

User avatar
IsabelMay
Posts: 218
Joined: 21 Jun 2017, 04:36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 2748
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-isabelmay.html
Latest Review: "Anna's Journey" by Gerald Miller
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by IsabelMay » 22 Jun 2017, 05:00

I couldn't imagine writing without reading, although it's interesting to hear how it's the opposite for some. I guess that by reading, you kind of learn the basics of how to write yourself. At first you will most likely imitate another author but when you figure out your own style you'll be able to develop it without being influenced by others.

Gifty Naa Akushia
Posts: 161
Joined: 28 Jul 2017, 11:00
Currently Reading: HEALTH TIPS, MYTHS, AND TRICKS
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gifty-naa-akushia.html
Latest Review: "Tips, Myths and Rips: A Physician's Advice" by Morton E.Tavel
Reading Device: B00I15SB16
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by Gifty Naa Akushia » 11 Oct 2017, 11:47

If you write and you don't read I don't think is a problem but I believe that to be fair to other writers you should just make time to read other people's stories. That would even improve your writing skills.

User avatar
meteku4
Posts: 244
Joined: 22 Jun 2017, 16:16
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 64
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-meteku4.html
Latest Review: "Followed my Star" by AR Annahita
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by meteku4 » 11 Oct 2017, 11:54

At least every writer has got to read, especially something related to his or her field. It will definitely benefit their own writings.

Post Reply

Return to “Writing Discussion”