Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading & Blogging – Their Effect on Writing

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion.

This is a really interesting topic but I’ll probably only be writing a short post as I’ve had a really busy week and had a migraine at the weekend so I’m feeling a bit behind on everything!  

Have you sometimes felt that as a reader, you should also be a writer or vice versa? Do you think that a desire to write is connected with a love of reading? What motivates you to write?

I’ve actually been a writer way longer than I’ve been a blogger! I started writing short stories when I was about 10 and by the time I was 12/13, I was planning out epic fantasy series! And I’ve never looked back. I’ve written six novels now and I’m hoping to start sending one of them out to agents next year, fingers crossed!

I do think there’s a weird expectation, especially from people who are more outside the book world, that people who read will also like writing too. Which isn’t the case. Maybe people who love reading love writing too, but not everyone.

Most writers probably also love reading. I mean, it makes sense right? I often see advice that says to be a good writer you need to read a lot. And while that is one of those generic pieces of writing advice that doesn’t feel that helpful, I have actually found my writing has improved so much over the last couple of years as I’ve started reading a lot more. Reading more has really helped me grow as a writer.

What I love about writing is getting to use my imagination, to come up with stories and worlds. I love to disappear into the worlds I’ve created. I’m not sure I can say what motivates me to write, I think it’s just that love of stories and using my imagination. When I write I’m transported to another world, and everything around me just fades away, and I get totally in the zone. Writing is like breathing for me, I really couldn’t imagine life without it.

As a book blogger, do you ever feel discouraged about publishing a book because you know how readers & bloggers can react to books/authors?

Like I said above, I’ve been writing and dreaming of being an author since before I became a blogger and part of the book community! So that’s not something that discouraged me. I think it’s important to remember that not every person is going to love every book. Your book might not be for one person, but it will be a favourite of someone else.

Do you think that authors can be book bloggers as well, or that they’ve crossed the imaginary line between authors and bloggers and therefore are not like other book bloggers anymore?

I hope authors can be book bloggers as well! I so desperately want to be an author, but I’d love to continue with this blog as well when I hopefully one day reach that dream of becoming an author!

Are you a writer as well as a reader? Have you ever thought about writing a book? Or are you happy to stick with being a reader? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading & Blogging – Their Effect on Writing

  1. Good luck with sendign your book out!
    I definitely think authors can be bloggers as well! Personally I do nto have any wishes to write except for my blog haha!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  2. I love your passion for writing and it’s amazing how you have written 6 novels already!! I do respect book bloggers who plan on being an author because it takes immense patience, talent, and research to be one. I do think I’m a strong writer but only when it comes to essays and papers for school. But planning out actual fantasy novels with world-building and characterization?? My brain simply does not have the power to do that. Also I suck at using commas. Great discussion as always!

    • I used to enjoy writing essays for school and uni as well, it’s a different kind of writing but I did like it. Although I did feel like I’d had enough of the pressure of writing them by the time I finished uni! I think my brain is on overdrive or something haha I have all these stories, worlds and characters running around in my brain.

    • It’s not something I’d thought a lot about either, as writing has been part of my life so long, so it was interesting to think about it and put my thoughts down on paper!

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