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?

5 comments:

  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.

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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