Hello, all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

The amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Make sure you take a moment to thank them for their hard work!!

February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

A lot of what I learned about writing I learned from members of this very same group. Whereas I used to read just for the joy of it (obviously, I still do), now I pay closer attention to things like POV, writing style, depth of characters, etc.

I’ll read a book and make mental notes of things I do and don’t want to include in my writing. What are elements of the story that stick out to me? Are certain passages or elements critical to moving the story forward, or are they superfluous incidentals that don’t add value?

Critical thinking is key to developing your own style. It’s one of the reasons I read from various authors and genres.

What about you? How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?





  1. There have definitely been a few books that I read and thought, “Gosh, I wish I could write like that!” And they’re usually not books in my genre, which I find to be an interesting twist.


  2. I think I see the weaknesses I have in writing as I read others books. This past year I spent quite a bit of time on she tense structure and passive fragments. Also I love dialogue very much and it’s hard to keep reading when the character and the dialogue don’t match. 🙂

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  3. Like you, the more I write, the more I expect of myself and of the materials I read. It’s no longer possible for me to turn off that pesky internal editor, so I’m much more critical. On the other hand, I’m also much more appreciative of the really GOOD writing I encounter.


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