Happy 2021! The Writer-Reader - IWSG

Congrats you made it!!

Thought we'd never get here.


I love that I get to start the new year with all of you. The writing community is what makes this journey bearable. Because let's face it, it's bloody roller coaster.


Today is also the first Wednesday of the month which means it's IWSG question time.



Click on the pic to get to IWSG HQ and read the other blog entries. Are you a writer or a blogger that wants to join? Just add your name to the HQ page and get started.


This month's question is for the writer reader. Um, what? You know, those of us who are writers are also readers--the two are inseparable. As writers we have to stay on top of trends, craft, modern storytelling, etc, which means we have to stay current and read. The fastest way to become a writer is to read everything as often as possible. I confess I'm a slow reader. I wish I could consume more books but it's really hard for me to sit still for long periods of time, so my reading must be done in spurts.


Audio books are an option and I listen to them, but as a writer I get more out of the actual act of reading. So the BIG QUESTION is what make me put down a book, or what frustrates me and makes me put down a book.


Ugh the putdown purgatory every writer can fall into. I'm sure we've all done it. As a writer I wish I knew the secret sauce to make sure my work doesn't get put down, but honestly I think this is one of those subjectivity pitfalls we all fall prey to. And nowadays with so many options--we're talking glutted markets on all fronts--books, streaming services, etc. I can't tell you how many shows I've turned off because it didn't fit my mood.


Books are no different. If it doesn't grab me right away, I probably won't finish it. Why would ? There are a gazillion options. Voice is a big one. I want to be charmed with the author's turns of phrase and character worldview. I want to think, "wow I wish I could write like this," when I read something. And I'm widely eclectic so I'll read almost anything if those opening pages grab me.


But mostly, basically, it comes down to my mood. What am I in the mood for? It can be the best book ever written but if I'm not in the mood for that genre, I won't read it.


Content is important for me too. I don't care for vulgar language. I can look past some of course (these days we have no choice) but the F-bombs and cursing is superfluous I put it down. This is a personal preference. That's not to say my characters don't drop one once in awhile if my own stories if the timing calls for it. But it's very sparing, and this is just one of those subjective issues that turns me off.


So that's that. How about you?


I want to add that the IWSG Twitter Pitch party is January 20th all day. This is a great opportunity to practice pitching and possibly catch the eye of an agent or editor.



Click on the pic to learn more. And if you need help polishing your pitch, DM me on Facebook and I'd be happy to take a look and offer feedback. I got my second agent from a pitch fest so it does work. (I'm no longer with agent btw--left on amicable terms.)



And that brings me to another topic--query support. Are you in the query trenches? If so, have you ever considered forming a query support group? I've been in a couple in the past and they're so helpful in not feeling alone out there. Dealing with rejections are tough. Writers should be able to lean on each other for support. IWSG is a great place to start something like this. DM me if interested.


Now I want to hear from you. What makes you put down a book?





 

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