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Alright, so I’m going to attempt to write this and hope it doesn’t kill my audience. I think it’s silly that I’m even nervous to admit this, but I want to be truthful. I hope what I’m about to say doesn’t change your opinion of me or my writing. Unless it’s in a better way, then it’s okay. 🙂
People can find inspiration for writing in all kinds of ways. And as I understand it, most writers are avid readers. But what are books other than stories without pictures? What are movies based around; story. What about television shows; story. And even video games, mainly Role Playing Games; heavily based on story (interactively). As a person like myself who is writing a book, you would probably assume that I read quite often in my spare time. But the answer is actually, no. I do not read as much as you think I do.
Reading for me has always been kind of stressful and boring, (puts me to sleep) no matter how good the book is. In school, we always had reading assignments and book reports to do. I dreaded it. It was homework to me, and since I had a certain time to read it in, I stressed out trying to read it in time. Because it was always a chore, homework, something that I HAD to do. Don’t get me wrong, I have read books past my school days and in my free time, but it’s very rarely. And I will also admit, the books are mostly better than the movies or show. But I will always lean more towards the movie. Like I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs, I also get a lot of inspiration from dreams. I think a lot of the dreams I have are stemmed from movies and stuff (the pictures are burned in my mind). And my head makes it’s own twist on things.
I have gotten a lot of…um.. hateful, confused and bitter comments to this. I’m not really sure why. Everyone is not programmed the same way. If I can create something based on something I see and not read, why does it matter how it originated? Maybe I will create something most readers will have never imagined BECAUSE I don’t read as much.
I also want to let my other fellow writers know, that, no; you don’t need to read x-amount of books to be considered a great writer. I know I am not the only writer in the world who feels this way, and hope I’m not the last.
I hope I explained this well enough to make you understand where I stand. I don’t want to lose followers based on this, flaw, of mine. Please, let me know your thoughts on the matter. Cheers! ##