2017-04-18

In Order to Write Better...







          Hey, guys! If you write or if you are a writer, this situation has most likely happened to you:

         Person: So you write?
         You: Yep.
         Person: Awesome! I write, too!!
         You: Oh, cool. Who are your favorite authors?!
         Person: I don't really read...that much...
         You: ....


        If I have that conversation one more time I might go insane (I mean, I'm already sorta insane, but that's besides the point). I don't think people that say that understand that reading is the second most important thing to writing better besides, well, writing!

       If anyone is reading this and is a writer and doesn't really read, I have one question for you: WHY?

       How do you even become a writer if you don't really like books?! The love of books and stories is what drives most of us teens to become authors. When writers walk into bookstores or libraries you can tell them apart because they look so joyful as they browse the shelves.




         I get it if you're too busy to read, read, read 24/7. I haven't been reading as much as I use to because of life (well, I mean, I use to read around thirty books a week but now I read around ten. So by most standards I still read a lot).

        BUT GUYS. READING IS ESSENTIAL TO WRITING.

        How else are you suppose to find new ways to create characters, build worlds, and make relationships? The books that you read will influence your writing the most, not your emotions, not your experiences (even though I wrote about that, too), but the books.
         The genres.
           The characters.
              The plot twists.

         You learn so much by reading. So I am going to state something that I know a few will think harsh, but trust me I found this to be true:

          IF YOU DON'T READ, YOUR WRITING WILL STINK.


 Are you one of those writers? Or do you know people like this? How much do you think people should read if they want to write well???


Happy Writing,






Oh, and also: I might not post for a while after this.
1. I am going camping on Friday.
2. I have a ten paragraph thesis paper I really feel like I need to focus primarily on.

       So if y'all comment on here late, like on the weekend, I most likely won't answer you right away because I will be sitting on a folding chair in front of a smoky fire while being eaten alive by varmints. Oh, the joys of camping trips! (SAVE ME. SOMEONE SAVE ME.) I actually kinda sorta like camping though, it's just the first hour of being there that I hate... I'm going with friends though, so I will have stuff to do!

45 comments:

  1. I read like...all the time. I love books so much. They're like...my babies. If someone borrows one, I have to make it clear to them not to mess them up. That may be a little too much, but that's me. lol
    I get so much inspiration from books. My writing would be pretty bad without them. Even if you don't like books, you need to read to be able to write well. You learn the different ways you can make a book stand out. So, yes. I believe you've got to read to write. Well...if you're really, really, really, really talented, then I think you might be able to just make it without reading any books. Maybe.

    *Have fun camping! I hate bugs and creepy-crawlies, so...camping's not really my thing. I've never been before. If I could camp in my house, then that'd be great, but that would also defeat the whole purpose of doing it. lol*

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    1. Books are my babies, too. When I was nine I remember letting a friend borrow a Nancy Drew book, and she gave it back to me all torn and muddy. That was the last time I EVER let her borrow a book!!
      I don't like camping that much either.

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    2. Oh! How awful. lol
      I remember that one of my paperback books was falling apart so bad, and I did everything I could to save it. I taped it, and my Dad helped me stick the front cover back down. Sheesh. It worked though.
      I really don't ever want to camp, but...stranger things have happened. lol

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  2. I felt like your wrote this post to me!! xD I like barely read but I do read for school and read random posts and bits and pieces of other books. Thank you for being blunt about this. I needed someone to tell me!!

    Also...I'm going camping on Friday too!! Are you camping with the co-op? I wish I could go. I'm going to a conference and I camp.

    - Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

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    1. Also, I can't stand reading very much because I always think how I would change the story line. lol =D

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    2. Lol! I'm glad I helped someone.
      Yes, I am going camping with PEP. That's so sad that you can't make it! :'(

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    3. But that's good thinking about how you would write the book, that's how you get ideas!!

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  3. I love this so much! I totally agree though. How many books a year do you read on average?

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    1. I have no idea how many books I read on average... but when I was eleven my mom made me keep records of every book I read and the most I read in one month was a thousand...but I also didn't have that much school and I didn't really have friends until I was twelve because I was anti-social.
      But I still read a lot. Lol.

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    2. Wow. That is a ton of books. I don't think I could read that many in a year. Ha! What is your favorite book series? Favorite book character? From what book? For me I'd have to say that it would have to be the Ink series (Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath), and that one is easy. Dustfinger from the Ink series.

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    3. Ah, the Inkheart series are good! The movies didn't do them full justice, though.
      I'd have to say the my favorite book series is Warrior of the Son by Samuel Schiller. My favorite character is Evan McKeth from Warrior of the Son series.
      But My second favorite series is The WingFeather Saga and my second favorite character is Janner, from said saga!

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    4. Yay! I have some one else that likes the Ink series. So is it call the Ink series, or Inkheart series? I've always said Ink series, only cause she never really named the series it's self. Also good luck on your camping trip!

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    5. I've always called it the Inkheart series, but I've heard people call it the Ink series.
      I need to re-read them, because the last time I read them I was around twelve!
      Have fun this weekend, too!

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    6. Thanks!!! Yeah. It's been a long time since I read the, too. But I still remember almost every detail. Seeing how much I love that series! Every summer my cousins and I play that we are in that world. They haven't read it, but they know as much as I do. Because I told them everything. Oops.

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    7. Lol! Well, when you read a really good book you just have to do everyone the great favor of enlightening them on every detail! xD
      Or you force them to read it..either way...

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    8. I kinda made my girl cousin read it. But she loved it. That's good cause then she can know more then me. XD

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  4. I used to hate reading, but now, I think I was just crazy. BOOKS ARE THE BESTEST! I don't understand how you can be an author and not like reading (or at least read in general) because you need to see how other books are made...
    If I was trying to write without reading, I wouldn't know how to format my writing. I wouldn't know what appeals to me... YOU LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT WRITING FROM BOOKS!!! XD

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    1. xD I am a book nerd. I can read two novels in a day.. I don't do that much anymore, because of school and life and all that stuff, but I wish I could... xD

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    2. Well, summer is almost here!

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    3. YEP! I cannot wait. I CANNOT WAIT!!!! *flails*
      Ahem. lolzy

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    4. I know! At this point I'm just like: WHO CARES ABOUT GRADES?!? LET'S JUST GET THIS ALL OVER WITH, BECAUSE SUMMERRRRRR IS COMING TO SAVE US!!!!!!!!

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  5. I read all the time. Although I am hampered by my moral problems with language and sexual stuff and all that. But when I find good books... I DEVOUR THEM. LIKE TO DEATH. I love to read good books.
    And they teach you SO MUCH.
    thefloridsword.blogspot.com

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    1. I know! It's so sad that so many YA books that have promise as a great story ruin it all with swearing and sexual themes!
      You should check out this blog I'm a part of! We review books, and you'll be sure to find lots of recommendations for good clean books as well as warnings against bad books!

      anythingnovelsociety.blogspot.com

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  6. I don't read as much as I used to - life's gotten busy :( (But an upside of trying to NaNo: I cleaned up a seven-book series in three days. I am a Master Procrastinator!)

    I completely agree that reading is necessary for writing! You get ideas - and discover you really like cute little brothers, and hate the standard love triangle, and could do that twist in a different way... Also it helps keep you up to date with trends in the industry (if we want to be boringly professional about it). Plus, if you want someone to read your books, you should read other people's! (it's good manners, right?)

    *book rant over*

    Thanks for the post, Gray! (great topic!)

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    1. Oh, yay for you! Nano is so stressful at times, so I'm glad you're on top of it!
      Cute little brothers are so much fun to read, I've never tried writing one though. And ugh, love triangles can get annoying if not done well, and it is way more fun when it's different! I for the most part ignore the industry, partly because I'm probably not going to try to get professionally published for a while, and partly because I'm writing to the younger kids I know, not the world!

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  7. I don't really read that much...I feel like I should because I'm sure it could really help my writing, but there are just so many other things I want to do! I do read for school though. (And blog posts!) I got one book for my birthday on Feb. and I still haven't finished...to give you an idea...😢

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    1. But have fun on your camping trip!

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    2. Thanks, I did!
      And I wouldn't worry about reading that much in the school year, because SUMMER IS SO CLOSE, like, it's torture!

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  8. So true! I don't read nearly as much as I'd like to, and when I haven't read anything in a while I can tell my writing is more dull. And then when I am reading something I'm constantly writing in my head, and can't stop!

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    1. I have the same problem, too! But that's one of the great things about reading, you always think of awesome ideas for your WIP!!!

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  9. I completely understand. I love reading and the inheritance cycle alone convinced me to start writing a fantasy novel I enjoyed.

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  10. Your writing is so charming, I usually skim but I've been reading all of your posts thoroughly.

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  11. AAAAH I feel this so much. This is just so important I can't stress it enough! One consistent piece of advice I get when I ask authors their advice to me as a writer, is either one of two things: to just keep reading, or to just keep writing to hone my voice. Most times, it's both!

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

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    1. Yeah, those two things are really solid pieces of advice!

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  12. I can't say I love to read because that would be a lie at times. BUT I when I get a good book in my hands, I can't put it down, know what I mean? My fave right now is called "Before You Meet Prince Charming." Totally check it out.
    Keep shining + writing for Jesus, girl!
    (BTW, my mother insists I read, so I do read often.)

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    1. I need to check that book out, I've heard it's good.

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    2. Please do! And the reviews are good + the Duggar girls have all read it. (If you haven't heard of them, they are on TV.)

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    3. I've heard of the Duggars I actually know a family who knows them.
      The only thing about reading that book is that I'm cheap. I only read the Christian devotionals I find at the library or the ones my mom buys me! So unless it's at the library or my mom buys it, I might not get around to reading it...
      But I have read I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and although I did agree with some of his points, I don't think I'm kissing anything goodbye! But that's just me... I ain't saying I think it's wrong to save kissing and holding hands for your wedding, I do have a purity ring, I've made that commitment. But I don't know, still trying to figure out everything in the area of boys and romance!

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    4. Yeah, we all are. Even if we think we got it all figured out, we will still slip or struggle in some areas. Suggestion: Talk to God & your parents.
      Happy reading!

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