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#IWSG – How Being a Writer Has Changed My Experience as a Reader!

Since this is my first time, I think I’ll make it simple and use the suggested question of the month. Well, that and it’s a really good question. I might even add it to my author interview form for my author spotlights!

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I’ve always had a bad habit of seeing every little error in books I’ve read. Now that my proofreading and grammar skills have improved, it’s gotten worse. I’m not one of those who gets upset over every error I find in a book. After all, everyone makes mistakes and none of us are perfect (and I’ve had plenty of them in my own books, so who am I to complain), but when I read a book that’s littered with dozens of obvious errors on every page, it does get hard to read now, when it’s something I’d easily overlook.

On the plus side, I notice other aspects more too, and I learn a lot about different techniques that can be used to make a story more engaging. When I find a book that really captures my interest, I’ll read it a few times to determine what it is about that book that makes it hard to put down. Then I’ll try to apply that to my own writing.

It really has helped me appreciate what authors go through to bring me the book I’m reading as well. When I get a good story to read, I find the whole experience is just more enjoyable because I understand the process (if that makes sense).

If you’re a writer, I’d love to share how being a writer has changed your reading experiences. And if you’re a reader, what do you get from your reading experiences?

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6 Comments

  1. 5 February, 2017    

    It does take away the joy of reading sometimes, but we can learn from the good books. And the bad ones.
    Welcome to the IWSG!

    • 5 February, 2017    

      Very true. I’ve always learned a lot from everything I’ve read… good and bad. And I don’t miss out on the enjoyment for the most part. Actually, sometimes I think I enjoy books more now than I did before because of the fact that I get more out of them.

  2. Rebecca Douglass Rebecca Douglass
    3 February, 2017    

    Being a writer has definitely given me the ability to read critically in a whole new way (different from, though overlapping with, the critical reading skills I learned as an English grad student). I do pretty well at turning it off when I just want to relax–unless the book is badly written. Then the inner critic comes on strong!

    • 3 February, 2017    

      I can turn it off most times as well. There are times when I get snagged on the error because it’s reoccurring or making it difficult for me to understand the point the author is trying to get across.

  3. 2 February, 2017    

    Had trouble finding the comment box, lol. Great post. I have a lot more respect for those who able to write a well told story.. Happy First IWSG
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

    • 3 February, 2017    

      Oops, LOL. Thanks! Me too. I think knowing the work that goes into it does make you appreciate it more. 😀

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