An Informal Survey of Writers About Reading

Maggie has thrown this out to us today. You can respond directly here

A discussion with a writer friend piqued by curiosity about the reading habits of writers. I’d love to see some responses to these questions.

  1. How often do you read?
    Other than my blog, not very often these days.
  2. Do you finish every book you start?
    Usually. I think I’ve only started and not finished about 3.
  3. If not, what causes you to stop reading a book?
    Boredom, trite phrasing, bad editing or predictability.
  4. What’s your definition of flowery language?
    Why say something in three words when thirty will do?
  5. Does flowery language discourage you from reading a book?
    Providing it’s used to enhance the narrative in trying to put you inside the story, no.
  6. How important is the first line of a book or story?
    If it’s in the first person, I usually discard it.
  7. Do you read reviews before choosing a book to read?
    Nope. I have preferred authors and rely on the cover blurb.
  8. Do you read ebooks or are you strictly a physical book reader?
    I have never read an ebook, much preferring something in my hand. Besides, you can’t prop up a table with an ebook.
  9. What book are you reading right now (or the last book you read)?
    Last book I read was Sue Vincent’s Midnight Haiku collection, and the ones before that were all to do with her dog Ani.
  10. Did you leave a review?
    Yes. I’ve left reviews for all her books I’ve read and several others besides.

The above images were used for another post. Clever isn’t it.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to An Informal Survey of Writers About Reading

  1. quiall says:

    Ha ha! Brilliant!

  2. Very interesting read! You get four stars! 😉 (and that image? Priceless! 😂 )

  3. 😯 Wow! I am surprised to learn that you have never read an ebook.

    I have read ebooks. However, in my case, I prefer those old-fashioned books (The kind that I can actually hold in my hand and turn the pages).

  4. murisopsis says:

    Love your book reading answers! I have only not finished 1 book – War and Peace. I love the book titles – very clever librarian (aren’t they all?)!

  5. Maggie says:

    Interesting responses, Di. I am interested to hear about your objection to the first line being written in first person. Tell me more. I loved your definition of flowery language and I chuckled out loud about the table leg. Thanks for your responses.

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