Hello! Today’s post is a day late, but it’s a really great topic, and one I’m excited to write about. The topic is reading and blogging and their effect on writing.
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Reading and Blogging: Their Effect on Writing.
Also, for this post when I’m talking about writing I mean writing books and novels and stories, and not the writing involved in blogging (although that is definitely a lot of writing!)
Have you sometimes felt that as a reader, you should also be a writer or vice versa?
I’ve never felt that as a reader I should also be a writer, but I think that part of that is because I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and have never felt any pressure to be one. It’s just something I want to do.
I also think that because I’m only 14, people are going to expect that I want to be or should be a writer, so that expectation isn’t really there.
In general though, I don’t think that there should be pressure or expectations that a reader should be a writer. And if you love writing but don’t like reading, that’s all up to you. I feel like if you really love writing not at all reading that could be a disadvantage, but then I guess it really just depends.
Do you think that a desire to write is connected with a love of reading?
Definitely! I think that my love of reading is really what first inspired me to want to write books. (Actually getting to writing them is a whole other story, but the desire to write, that’s an easy one.)
What motivates you to write?
Having a deadline. And I’m not kidding. I honestly am always just putting off writing, because I am a major procrastinator, but the times that I have written a lot of a book have been during nanowrimo or camp nanowrimo, where I’ve been pushing myself to reach a goal in a certain amount of time.
One of my first memories of really writing a book, or trying to start to was when over winter break in fifth grade my teacher gave us an assignment that had a lot of different options to it that involved multiple states and some facts about them. I don’t remember everything that we had to do, but I chose writing a story!
For all of winter break, I tried to write one chapter a day of my book about these two cousins traveling on separate paths across the country. I didn’t finish it, but I still turned in the partial book to my teacher explaining that I didn’t have enough time to write the ending. I wrote it all by hand, but my mom typed it up for me, and I could probably find it and reread it at some point, which would be kind of fun!
So yeah. Having a timeframe for when I need to write something is really helpful.
As a book blogger, do you ever feel discouraged about publishing a book because you know how readers & bloggers can react to books/authors?
A little bit. It is kind of scary, the idea of putting your book out there for people to read, having the chance of them disliking it. So yeah, it’s a little discouraging. And already being a part of the blogging community, where you’re reading tons of reviews every single day, not all of them completely positive? Well it makes you think about if and when you publish you’re own book, if blogging would be the same.
But for the most part, the blogging community is really wonderful, and I think that it would be harder, but still manageable. Then it would probably be best to just stay away from reviews of your book altogether though!
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?
Yes! I think that it is definitely possible, however I do think it would be different, because like I said above, you probably wouldn’t want to stumble into reviews of your own books. I think that authors also might want to be more careful with reviews and stuff, maybe not posting negative reviews just because their reach and platform would be different.
That’s not to say that negative reviews aren’t good, and that they can’t be helpful, but I think that it’s more important for authors to be boosting other books and supporting other authors than writing and sharing a lot of negative reviews.
One amazing example of a book blogger and author is Cait from the blog Paper Fury! She has been blogging for a really long time, and has published two amazing books, A Thousand Perfect Notes and A Boy Who Steals Houses.
She is an author, but also continues to blog. She posts a lot of reviews still, and also other posts with tips and advice, book recommendations, and all sorts of things! I think that she does an amazing job balancing both being an author and blogger.
Wrapping this up…
Reading and blogging both have enormous impacts on my writing, but for the most part it’s pretty positive. I think that authors can be bloggers, and although the situation itself might be different, authors don’t have to stop blogging.
For me personally, I someday want to be a published author, and I also want to continue blogging because I really love both!
My love of books and reading is definitely a huge inspiration towards my writing, and of course it’s why I started my blog, so it’s all connected.
Do you think reading and blogging have an effect on your writing? What motivates you to write? Chat with me in the comments below!