Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Thursday, 3 October 2019

⌗IWSG, Wednesday October 2nd, 2019. Tommyrot.

Welcome to another Monthly post of the Insecure Writers' Support Group.
Check out the latest post on the Homepage. This month's reflection question and all the news for October till December. Thanks to L. Diane Wolfe.
Next Up, the WEP-IWSG challenge Horrible Harvest, postings October 16-18th. home page here

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October reflective question :

It's been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand how can you expect other people to want to read your writing if you don't enjoy reading yourself ?
What are your thoughts ?

My gut reaction is Tommyrot as my grandpa used to say.

Sorry but I can't find a single argument as to why a writer would NOT want to be a reader.

New and Original ! Are we the first Humans on Earth ? The first to tell a story ? The first to write ? No. So nothing we could possibly write could be entirely new. As to original, our imagination takes care of that. However, although each individual's imagination is different and special, new ideas stem from old ones. Creativity is an ongoing and permanent activity, a way of breathing, the art of living.

Everything you do is an extension of yourself.  Who are you kidding ? We are the sum of our parents, our genes, our own personality. Yes. Our knowledge and imagination are fuelled by what is fed to us and what we uncover ourselves. The world we live in: nature, conversations, films, music, songs, newspapers, travels, other countries, other cultures, family, friends. The input is fathomless. Finally, BOOKS, MANY BOOKS on a myriad of subjects, stories true or imagined, on philosophy, religion, science, art. A writer so isolated as to only write about him/herself and deprived of any outside matter, to the extent of never opening a book is a poor writer indeed. They could never write anything New or Original if their life depended upon it. Personally, I would have no desire whatsoever to read them.
We see, hear, make noises naturally. However we learn to observe, listen, understand, speak, read and ... Write. If you take out any item of this process, everything falls apart like a house of cards. Writing is the culmination of these operations repeated over and over again. If you stop practicing any of these steps, the produce rolled out is flawed.

To conclude, I cannot conceive of a writer not enjoying reading. It's the most fun and accessible activity in the world ... along with Writing of course. Who would knowingly give up such a powerful combination ?

Thank you for visiting. Feel free to comment, discuss, like or dislike and I will be sure to reply.
Busy writing my Horrible Harvest contribution and having the time of my life.
Have an inspiring fortnight.

Life Itself... film written, directed and produced by Don Fogelman (This is Us)  with Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, 2018

Beware Spoilers ...
on the unreliable narrator. here
interview here

Sunset, Nice,  July 2019

Leonard Cohen


  1. Very true, can't find no argument for not reading indeed. That new thing is so stupid, as anything and everything can be compared to something from the past. And agreed, I'd skip such an isolated writer too. That and such ones usually think their crap don't stink. Another reason to avoid them.

    1. Thanks Pat. Glad that everyone seems to be on the same page on this one. Although a lot of discussion going on. Agreeing to agree. HA !
      Have an inspiring Horrible Harvest.

  2. Hi,
    I looked for your entry on the 3rd and didn't see your posting and I thought I would check again today.
    I agree that we are not just an extension of ourselves. Everything about us deals with discovery. We explore, we see, we read and therefore learn who we think we are.

    That one of the reasons I love reading various kinds of books, different than what I write. Not only fiction, but non-fiction challenges me, and poetry , well let's just say that poetry makes me dig deep into my soul.

    I find very little tolerance for people who don't read.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Thanks Pat, aleikoum salaam.
      We all seem to agree on this month’s reflection. Personally, I don’t think people will ever stop reading books, and paper ones at that: the feel, the smell, the weight. Digital reading will probably develop alongside without replacing.
      Hurray for books, such faithful companions. Sometimes, I feel like I have lost a friend on the last page. We can always read it again and discover new insights at every turn. They expand our minds. Although I write poetry, I seem to read more fiction and non-fiction than poems, or I have a few cherished ones that I read over and over, like listening to my same old records.
      Have an inspiring week.


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