Reading and Blogging: How they Affect Writing – Let’s Talk Bookish

It’s the last discussion of the year my friends!! I am so excited for today’s topic, not just because I think it’s great (I may be biased since it’s my topic lol) but also because it’s the final discussion of this year meaning that 2020 is finally going away!!! And also, I’m finally on winter break!! First semester is over!!! Yayy!!

Okay, I’ll calm down now lol.

As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Reading and Blogging: Their Effect on Writing

This is something I’ve been thinking about recently after seeing many people’s NaNoWriMo posts in the past few weeks (NaNoWriMo is a writing competition that is hosted in November) and also because I’ve been working on a story myself. So I was curious to see how people feel about reading and blogging and how it affects their writing.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve told stories. I told them to my sisters, I told them to my friends, I wrote them in my notebooks, or I just daydreamed about them. I’ve loved stories for the longest time, and reading has just increased my love for them.

I’ve always imagined that no matter what I ended up doing, I’d still publish a book someday, and I still believe I will. Books are just so amazing to me, and being able to write one, especially one that becomes a favorite for someone, would mean the world to me.

I think it’s normal to want to write a book if you love reading, because you’d want to take part in creating the stories that you love to read. But that doesn’t mean that every reader has to be a writer. Not everyone has the passion to write, or even likes writing, so it’s perfectly fine if you don’t feel that way.

I do think though that writers should be readers. Reading really helps you become a better writer because you know how stories are traditionally structured, what works and what doesn’t, and you can also learn from other writer’s mistakes.

It’s like cooking. You can’t make pasta without first trying it. How would you know if it’s actually good?

Sometimes though, I don’t always feel motivated to write. Actually that’s not right. I always feel motivated to write, I just don’t feel the same motivation to continue with the same story.

I’ve started so. many. stories over the years, and I’ve only finished about three. It’s really disappointing for me, because I sometimes feel like I’ll never publish a book since I can’t seem to stick to one plot for long enough. I don’t know if this is just me, but my motivation just never lasts and I don’t know how to make it last long enough. Any tips would be very welcome.

Another thing about this topic is the way blogging affects writing. I think blogging has helped me become a better writer because it’s opened the way for me to try new books that I wouldn’t have tried before, and it’s also given me a chance to get to know the reader community.

It’s made me realize that there are certain tropes that are more favored, certain types of characters that people would love to see more of, and also see what results in a swift and utter denial of entry into the community.

It’s also kind of made me nervous about getting published. It would be kind of awkward if a blogger friend read my book and disliked or hated it, and I happened to come across that, but I feel like I could get over it and learn from the experience. It definitely would not change our friendship though.

My biggest concern would be about being rejected by the community. I know how the community can so quickly cancel an author or a book, and I don’t want to ever be on the receiving end of that. I also know how people can really hate books (myself included) and although I love ranty reviews, I wouldn’t like them in that case because it’s my book.

I’m being kind of ridiculous because it’s inevitable that someone will hate my book, but I don’t want anyone to hate my book. Lol.

The last major thing that worries me is how my blogging will be affected if I’m an author. Can I really still be just a book blogger when I’ve crossed the “line” into authorhood? Won’t it be kind of weird to go through the publishing process, and make author friends and all, and then still be a book blogger who reads and reviews books? I just feel like it would be kind of sticky, because I don’t want to be less honest or critical because I’m trying not to hurt an author friend. I just want to be able to be me without worrying so much.

It’s not impossible to be both an author and blogger, because there are authors who are bloggers so maybe I’m just overthinking things as usual.

This Week’s Participants:

Dani @ Literary Lion | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Alexis @ Alexiophiles

M.T. Wilson @ The Last Book on the Left | Millay @ Millay’s Musings

Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly |Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf

Marley @ Dragon on a Book

What do you think? Do you like to write? How has reading affected your blogging or writing? Am I overthinking things? How do you motivate yourself to keep writing? Have you ever finished a novel? Chat with me in the comments below!

19 thoughts on “Reading and Blogging: How they Affect Writing – Let’s Talk Bookish

  1. Love this topic, and I’m already looking forward to your book. 😊

    This is such a fun discussion subject! I find that blogging can take away from the writing I get more joy out of, so in the new year, I’m going to try to fix that. I find reading helps both my blogging and my writing if I can ever find the time to do it with the pressures of school on my plate. I manage to motivate myself with lists and spreadsheets because I’m a nerd. I don’t think you’re overthinking things. I also live in fear of being cancelled, rejected and badly reviewed by the internet. People can be so damn mean! I try not to let me stop my writing. Publishing? We’ll see, but writing no.

    Thank you for the excellent post! ❀️

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    1. Thank you Elka, that means a lot πŸ’•

      I hope you’re able to focus on writing next year! I also like lists and organizing things, but I haven’t really used that with books so maybe I should. Spreadsheets intimidate me though lol. I’m glad it helps you stay motivated! And yes, the internet can be such a horrible place, but I’m glad you’re able to keep writing nonetheless. I hope you do publish eventually regardless πŸ™‚ ❀

      Aww, thank you for reading! ✨

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  2. I would love to read anything you write Rukky!

    I do feel your fear though. I’ve always wanted to be published but now I think about how it would effect my relationship with my blog and all the lovely blogging friends I’ve made along the way! I think I take criticism pretty well – but I have seen how quickly authors can be cancelled for a small misstep and I would be very worried about keeping my blog up where people can read every review and comment I’ve had for years and years.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Dani!! This is motivating me so much to write right now lol

      Yes! That is also a fear of mine because in the moment, something I say sounds fine, but I sometimes have these moments where I’m terrified that somehow it will be used against me in the future. Kind of makes me hate the internet, but I also love it at the same time lol. Hopefully, there will never be such a situation for either of us. I would love to read whatever you write too, and I really hope you do get published πŸ’•βœ¨

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  3. This is such an interesting blog post And I completely relate to the whole mtivation thng. I have sooo many ideas but i can never sit down long enough.And yes, the book community can be so wonderful but I wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end of their hate on a particular book (which are most of the time justifed though). I don’t feel the need to write (a book I mean), I’m very content with reading them! Just remember that we would love to have one of our own (book bloggers) as a published writer and we will try to be honest but kind! πŸ₯°

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    1. Why thank you, Karla! I know, it’s a real struggle. I’ve been on break from school now for a week and I’ve only written two pages. It’s really frustrating lol. Aww, thank you! I really hope I never end up on the wrong side of the community. Thank you so much Karla πŸ’•βœ¨

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  4. I think this is interesting to think about. It is weird because I used to hate writing and it was only when my sister said like 6 years ago that we should write a book then I began to like the idea but I have always loved reading. I think they are two hobbies that I grew into separately but now they are linked as I want to read/write more when I’m writing/reading. Honestly balancing them is always hard now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    I do think blogging has taught me a lot about writing and to be able to talk to other writers has helped!! A new way of thinking or a new method. Plus always hearing about people’s own progress definitely motivates me to write more.
    I do think it would be complicated if you are published as the two areas are obviously linked but can feel quite separate too as in reviews aren’t for authors etc. But I think you would be able to make in work as you adapt to the situation but I too have thought about the possibility and then spiralled into what’s if. πŸ˜‚

    This was a fun discussion to read about and made me think more about how these are all linked!! Thank you for sharing!! πŸ’•

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    1. Sophie!!!! It’s so good to see you again! Idk, maybe you’ve been back from your hiatus for a bit and I missed it (I’ve missed a lot of things lately πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ), but it’s really nice to see you again!!

      That is interesting! For me, writing/telling stories was the thing I always did, and then I added reading to it too in a way. But they’ve pretty much always been linked since I was a kid. It’s really cool that you and your sister wanted to write a book together! Did it ever work out?

      That’s true, seeing other people make progress with their WIPs motivates me too, but not in the long run. It’s more like short bursts of excitement and energy that I feel.
      Yeah, I think I could eventually manage the two (I mean Cait @ Paperfury does it, so it’s not impossible) but I do spiral into those what ifs a lot lol

      Aww thank you so much, Sophie!! I can’t wait to check out your posts again! ✨❀

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      1. Aw.. Thank you so much Rukky!! πŸ₯° It’s okay I’ve only been back a week… I think, I’m trying to get back into the routine of things!! But thank youuu so much again, it is nice to be back πŸ’›

        That’s so cool that you have always loved it though!!
        Yes, well for put it on hold for like 5 years πŸ™ˆ but I am so determined to do it. Last year we started building it up and whilst it is going slowly, I’m so hopeful for it. We are really going to focus on it next year so fingers crossed!!

        Yes a short burst describes it well I think like yes let’s do this but then in the next couple of days I have to read another one for more motivation πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Yes I thought of Cait as well!! I know, it is intimidating to imagine at the minute but definitely possible 😊

        Of course and thank youuuu πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯°πŸ’• that’s so sweet!!

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  5. I think reviewing and blogging has made me very critical about my own fiction, perhaps too critical, and also very aware of how much work is involved in promotion. I never realized all the work after the book is written.

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  6. I have the same problem with finishing stories! It’s so hard to keep up the motivation. Recently, I found a ton of folders full of stories that ranged from just a title to about 20 pages, but not a single thing finished. Posting my current WIP to my blog, though, has helped some, but it also feels more like I’m slogging through the story than really interested.

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    1. I have thought about popsting bits and pieces on the blog just to get feedback and motivate me, but I have yet to do so. I’m glad it has helped for you somewhat and maybe I’ll do so soon as well. Thank you for the suggestion ❀✨
      Also, maybe try working on another short story just to refresh yourself and maybe that will help you feel better about your main WIP?

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      1. I’ll probably do that, thanks! It’s sometimes hard to think about another story and become immersed in it because I’m afraid of confusing them, but it’s probably a good idea to take a break.

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