Writing On Wednesday: Do You Read What You Write?

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or you can just write as a hobby.

All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!

This Week’s Question: Do You Read What You Write? Here’s a little background to this query – I subscribe to Wordplay: The Writing Life of K.M. Weiland which has been a font of learning and validation for me. Not long ago she posted Why You Should Read The Type of Stories You Write with some great points and this led me to wondering, do others read what they write or don’t they? Do you? If you don’t would you consider it? And if you do, did you read it first or write it first?

My Answer – I’m a bit iffy on this one because I love Dystopia, always have, but it’s not a genre I read a great deal of and isn’t something I normally write. This novel is really the first story I’ve started that is Dystopia and even full blown science fiction for that matter.

I do find I write a darker fiction and also read a darker fiction, but I didn’t purposely start to read it because I wanted to write it. I think I was always just drawn to the genre. As for reading what I’m writing, I usually try to steer clear of that particular genre when I’m writing or at least I just try not to read because I get too confused. With the current one I was avoiding reading Dystopia, but I’ve found I have been wanting to read it more and that I feel I should read more regardless of if I’m writing it (it doesn’t help that I am hosting a Dystopia challenge of course).

This is why I found that post to be so interesting and why it got me wondering so much, because I usually avoid, but now I feel I must devour! There’s just so many different ideas and ways of going about the same sort of story or subject that it’s worthwhile learning about them as much as possible.

That and I also don’t want to come up with an idea that I think is original when it isn’t. Really, who wants to do that? Even if it is by sheer accident?

Where do you stand on this topic?

Next Week: Many writers read, but how are you at
reading and writing at the same time? Do you find
it possible or do you have a hard time writing while
in the middle of a book?

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5 thoughts on “Writing On Wednesday: Do You Read What You Write?

  1. I definitely read what I write – it gives me motivation, especially when I’m having writer’s block. And I started reading my type before writing. I write a lot of literacy fiction short stories, and I started reading those in college prior to writing them. If I hadn’t read a short story prior to writing, I don’t even want to know what I would have come up with!


    • I didn’t even think of when you have writer’s block and I can see how that would help now that I think of it. I’ve even read it in some tips here and there too.

      Thanks for joining in 🙂


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