Happy New Year! Here we are in 2024 and I’m starting a new year of Reading Challenges. As we writers are exhorted to read, and read widely, to improve our own writing skills, I thought it was fair to combine this month’s post with my challenge update!
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
Does reading help my writing?
Really, I’m not sure. I admire certain turns of phrase; I notice beautiful (or odd) descriptions, especially of places or mundane things (when they are needed). I do learn something from reading other people work, as I could tell when I re-read my Princelings series in September.
But really, I think it makes me more insecure as a writer if I compare my writing with others. Okay, sometimes when I’m in a good mood, I can say, yes, my writing is just as ‘good’ as this. Maybe one should learn, but not compare. What do you think?
I read a lot of books last year, but not many from autumn onwards. I was burnt out. Apparently I only got to 66 in all, and I thought I’d be over 70. It’s partly that I didn’t read much over Christmas, when I usually get through three or four. I didn’t need to, so I didn’t. Having read pretty much non-stop from February through to July, I had met most of my reading challenges by September, and eased up a bit — oh yes, by rereading seven of my own books! Although I did save the J of the Alphabet Soup Challenge till late.
I’m doing the same Challenges this year, and I’ll be posting the 2024 challenge pages for Finishing the Series, Alphabet Soup, and Mount TBR in a week or two. I’ll just give the challenge owners time to get to my summary (all completed this year) if they want to! The sign-up linky for 2024 SpaceTime Reads is on the 2023 page and will switch seamlessly in due course (ho-ho). The Non-Fiction Adventure continues for another four years yet (100 books in twelve years is my target).
Question of the month
Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?IWSG Jan 24
Well… I am on BookBub. But I don’t do much with it. I didn’t know I could. Maybe I should investigate. BookBub may be rather safer social media than others I no longer frequent.
In fact my new years resolution (if I have one) is to become more active again online, even if only visiting other blogs and leaving at least a like, if not a comment. But this does have a physical cost, so if I only visit you once every few months, please forgive me.
Do you like Reading Challenges? What’s your favourite one?