When Reading Pushes Me to Write

There are times when a book makes me want to write. Other times, reading gives me little or no inspiration. I’m in the former state at the moment.

For some reason, The Wheel of Time inspires me. The colourful and well-developed characters, the wonderful worldbuilding, and the entertaining story help put me in a creative mood.

On the other hand, The Iliad did the opposite. The characters were like caricatures, very unrealistic, and incredibly melodramatic. The narration (although it was a poem) was adjective-heavy, incredibly repetitive, and the dialogue was completely unnatural. It was difficult to read, and it dulled my creativity. My coming review of the book will say something similar, but I did like it.

Even though I’ve said I wouldn’t be doing much in the way of writing for Ariadne until after we’ve moved to Canada, I have a very strong itch to write. Maybe I can use this opportunity to do some critiquing. Or maybe do some outlining. Or maybe do some more worldbuilding. Maybe all of them. We’ll see.

Do some books inspire you to write, while others do the opposite? Let me know in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “When Reading Pushes Me to Write”

  1. Books used to. I think I have a 25 page typed story (fantasy) that I started writing in high school while I was reading the Dragonlance/Forgotten Realms books. Lately, I get my ideas from my kids and blogs (with the exception of today’s short story coming from a photo and the events in Paris).

    1. I tend to get my ideas while I’m walking alone or in the shower. Those places I can think without any distractions. However, while reading, I get more inspiration than ideas. But I do get ideas about how I want my story to unfold.

  2. It can go either way for me, as with you. Some books, particularly if they’re really good or really bad but with something good about them, make me wanna put the book down and pick up my pen. And sometimes it makes me wanna stop writing – at least for a little bit haha.

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I find I read slower as well so everything gets put in a lower gear as you I casually cruise through a difficult book. My advise is to read, or reread, your favourite authors for a few weeks. It helps to get me back on track.

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