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I can’t believe how quickly January has whizzed past, leaving me in a total daze. I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to this month, but the writing days have been productive and I’m pleased with the results.
It’s great to see so many new books being launched – my ‘to be read’ file is filling quickly. One book I’ve read recently is Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey - the latest in her Disaster Crimes Series. I loved it! If you like to be thrilled and dragged through dangerous situations, I highly recommend you read this story. Currently, I'm reading a book by the fabulous crime writer Ann Cleeves: The Moth Catcher. Crime writing at its best.
This month’s IWSG reflective question is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
The main thing I’ve noticed since being a writer, is an increase in my appreciation for writers. To create a story that captivates and enthralls a reader is difficult to accomplish, and requires a lot of skill, amongst an array of other things.
Even though I’m an English teacher, and as part of the job I have to analyse text, I mostly read for enjoyment. Naturally, the more learned about the craft of writing, the easier it is to spot inconsistencies within a piece of text, but honestly, if a reader gets too bogged down with searching out technicalities – good or bad – then the whole purpose of reading for enjoyment or escapism is quashed, isn’t it?
As a writer, I aim to give my readers an experience that emotionally involves them in my story, and as a reader, I wish to continue being captivated by writers who invite me to share their journey.
Read any good books lately? I wish you all a fabulous February.
Happy reading and writing!