Frequently Asked Question: “What’cha readin’?”

Hi, everyone. It’s time once again for the Insecure Writers Support Group‘s question:

Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

I think it’s crucial for authors to read widely … and not just in the genre they write. Branch outside your comfort zone. Sure, you may find that not everything is to your taste, but you’ll know what’s out there. If you most frequently read (or write) cozy mysteries, check out some noir or historicals. You never know; you might, as I did, find a new favorite author or two in the process. You will learn things about pacing, vocabulary, creating tension, and more if you expand your reading habits.

(Photo by the author, taken a couple of years ago. This stack includes books that came home with me from Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans in 2018, books from a swap shelf at the office, and those sent for review. Numerous genres and authors represented.)

6 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Question: “What’cha readin’?”

  1. I read a lot of history, and last year started reading historical fiction as something “lighter” than plain history books, which can be dry at times. I tend to read fiction based on subjects with which I am already familiar. And recently I decided to try some fantasy books because so many of my blogging friends love the genre; I thought I’d see if maybe I was missing out.


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