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!
The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!
March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?
I read voraciously and across all genres. Reading is my refuge and abiding habit. I am likewise motivated widely in what I choose to read :
1. What do I have on hand? In December I get lots of new books as it is both Christmas and my birthday. I`ve read 24 books so far this year - mostly fiction, but some dharma books (on Buddhist topics) and a couple of memoirs I think. Besides gifts I`ve been reading borrows from pals - we are all big readers and so the books fly around our households - and online from the library. I`ve also ordered a few online that I wanted to own.
2. What I need in terms of distraction, healing, soothing etc... reading is my therapy and so I`m careful of what I take in. If I`m having a hard time sleeping then I don`t read disturbing books (too much violence or general sadness) in the evening. If I`m sad I usually read books I`ve read before or at least authors that I like and that I know will uplift me.
3. Books for bookclub - so that is only about ten a year and one of those I will have chosen so not a biggy. But our bookclub is also a great source of referrals for books so there is that.
4. Books for the writing craft- (I originally said for my writing but I think reading widely is the best thing any writer can do besides writing!) I have many books that I keep close by for different stages of my writing. The last two years I was revising and editing so I was very heavily into Susan Bell's The Artful Edit. Love that book! Now I'm onto a new project and am rereading old favourites like Write for Your Life by Joseph Sestito and On Writer's Block by Victoria Nelson, as well as the constant joy of Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and On Writing by Stephen King.
5. Books for information - I quilt, draw, meditate, garden, and cook so read many books that aid these disciplines.
In this time of pandemic and social unrest I do read more than ever and I was always a big reader. I'm mostly retired and so have more time, and because I finished two massive projects in the fall of last year I've been slightly unmoored and reading has been even more of a refuge. I'm also staying off all screens on Sundays which gives me plenty of time to sink into good books.
Is reading a refuge for you? I look forward to seeking out my fellow writers and seeing what they say on this topic...
Here is a photo from a retreat I went on with some pals down the shore...we walked and talked and cooked and read...
Here is a link to another blog of mine where I talk about my winter doldrums and how it
affected my writing http://janmorrisonsojourner.blogspot.com