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Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about something I do a lot of—reading.

I have always been impressed when I run across a beautiful passage that stays with me after I finish the book. Now, as a writer, I note things I like—or don’t. It is not only something I enjoy but a learning experience.

I know writers are limited on time, but when I encounter an author who doesn’t read, I’m puzzled. How can you improve your writing if you aren’t paying attention to what works and doesn’t? How do you stay current if you aren’t reading what is out there?

In the last couple of years, I’ve increased my reading from twenty-five to a hundred books a year. My primary focus is reading as many good indie authors as I can. I’m amazed at the creativity in this group.

What have I learned? A lot! I can spot…

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4 thoughts on “WRITERS AND READING

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    When I can, when I have a tiny bit of energy left over from, first – existing, second – writing, or if it’s simply been long enough that I’m dry.

    When you have to, you make choices. Chronic illness leaves you few. Writing fiction is critical to my well-being; reading tends to be old favorites I know I will be able to put down.

    I tell people I have only two neurons, and one is necessary for breathing. The other lets me write – or gets sidetracked.

    Fortunately, I read widely and voraciously in my younger days, but I tend not to be able to take on more modern stuff. Except my own, which, when finished, is strangely comforting to read, and to exclaim over: “I wrote that?” There’s some really good stuff there. The reviewers say so. 🙂

    I guess that’s better than reading your own stuff and not liking it. And, I can put it down any time I need to.

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    1. Beem Weeks Post author

      Thanks for adding your two cents, Alicia. I have been guilty a time or two myself of reading stuff I wrote and feeling a bit proud of the words dribbled across the page. I don’t get to read as much as I’d like these days, but I try to read a little bit each day. Keeps my brain moving forward.



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