Friday, March 16, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

 Middle Grade...and Beyond!

Having spent a good deal of time meeting and chatting with writers, both online and in person, I am aware that we all write for a variety of different reasons. Some of those I've heard include:

1 - I've always wanted to write; I've written my whole life.
2 - I have a great story that I really feel needs to be told.
3 - I enjoy reading a certain genre; I want to see if I can write too.
       (These are just a few reasons I've heard for writing - there are many more.)

Obviously, there is no right or wrong reason to write - but it does affect how we write, what we write, and how well we write. The main reason I write is because books played an important part of my early adolescent period. If I hadn't had the works of Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and a multitude of others in my life, I really wonder where I would be today. Those well-known literary giants inspired my imagination to dream, and to deal with a difficult time in my life. Consequently, I have an affinity to the genre of middle grade books, as well as middle grade kids themselves. It is such a tough, transitional time that if family and friends cannot provide fully the support needed, a child can really struggle. The thought (dream) of writing a book that might help a youngster, like books helped me, is something that really lights my fire! I have spent many hours reading awesome MG novels (old & new) to give myself a good basic knowledge of the genre. Those books are featured weekly in my Monday post entitled: Bibliophile's Corner.

That being said, I was recently encouraged by a good writer friend to mention on my blog that I also read a lot of YA and Adult novels for my personal enjoyment, since I do. For that reason, I have added another gadget to my blog entitled: YA/Adult Books Read - 2012.

What are your thoughts? Do you read in the same genre that you write?


  1. Reading is such an important part of writing. We learn and understand so much by seeing and knowing different styles of the craft. I read contemporary fiction, and memoir. I don't often veer away from those two genres, and they are also the genres I write.

  2. Thanks, Joanne. I've often thought of reading and writing like breathing in and out - we need both!

  3. I read a ton of non fiction history books...mostly Civil War. I write historical fiction and inspirational romance. I do read those genres, but read other genres also. I just enjoy a good story.

  4. I'm currently writing YA fiction, but read lots of different genres. Reading widely must help with writing, and I just like to learn new things from non-fiction too.

  5. Thanks, ladies. I too, enjoy a variety of genres. History, and historical fiction, are two of my favorites.