Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something related to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
does a reader = a writer?
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this topic floating around the blogosphere a few times, but I thought I might talk about it, anyway.
I, for one, have been reading and writing ever since the two actions were doable by 5-or so-year old me. I love both with a passion, and could never, EVER, pick between them. They’re both too precious.
But is it the norm? To be both an avid reader, and aspiring writer? Or do the majority of people pick one as their passion?
This month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I have seen about 70% of the blogs I follow post updates. Which means the owner loves reading and writing. Which came as sort of a surprise to me. I didn’t know that so many of these bloggers, who I had read posts of, and had conversations with, all wanted to write a book. It’s pretty amazing – how talented they all are.
BUT there is another inherent question regarding the writing. Are they doing it for fun, or do they legitimately want to be published authors? I suppose only they know, and after this post, if you are willing to answer my prompts, I might know. :D
But back to the original topic.
Reading is all about being given something. An author has put their blood, sweat, and tears into the story you’re reading. You can immerse yourself in the beauty of someone else’s art, and emerge monetarily poorer but emotionally richer.
You can sit back and relax while you enjoy the author’s hard work. Reading is an escape, a distraction. An easy slide out of reality that requires no work on your behalf except turning a page, or touching your eReader. Simple, yet satisfying. Reading is one of the easiest hobbies to partake in, and one of the best (if not THE best, EVER).
Writing, on the other hand, is filled to the brim with hard work. Like I said, an author’s blood, sweat, and tears go into these novels. They don’t just magically pop out. And you have to have an idea for a novel or a story to be ABLE to write.
But does reading mean that your imagination will be wild, and that if you do have an idea, you want to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), and spend hours upon hours punching it out? Or does reading mean that you just enjoy the story that someone else has punched out because you like the experience of reading about worlds and people different from your own?
Does reading inspire people to write, because they love the experience so much they want to give more to this world of reading, but in their own words and stories? Are the two activities intertwined?
And if a reader does write, is it for their own pleasure, or do they want to share their words with the world, like the many books that they have read?
I’ve said that I love both reading and writing with equal passion. And I want to be a published author someday. It’s always been a dream of mine. I want people to read my story, and for my book to be on someone’s bookshelf. I couldn’t think of anything that could make me a happier person.
For me, reading and writing ARE intertwined. Reading fantastic books make ME want to write a fantastic book. I just can’t help myself. And I think being in love with reading from a young age definitely influenced my aspirations of becoming a published author one day, because I want someone to fall in love with my book and read it 100 times, and fangirl about it, and maybe even blog about it, or contact me about it. I want to provide a reader with a story that they can love, and that they can treasure.
Writing has never just been a hobby for me. Writing is one of my passions, and will forever be so.
But I also want to know about YOU. Do you read and write? If you only partake in one, why? If you are a writer, do you write for fun, or do you want to be published? Do you think reading and writing are intertwined? Let me know in the comment section below!