“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King
Funny enough I actually came across this quote a long while back. My friend recommended I read Stephen King’s book – “On writing”. I will admit I have never read anything by Stephen King before but I have just heard so many good things about ‘On writing’ that it will most definitely be the first book I read from him.
I have it in my wishlist to read next and I refuse to purchase it until I finish the book I am on which I am ashamed to admit is still “Come as you are” by Emily Nagoski, that I started reading back in May or June. I simply just have had no time to finish it and what harm, I actually only have maybe 4 or 5 chapters left. I will though. Maybe I need to buy his book and use it as temptation lol. If you have have read it, let me know. Maybe you loved it too? The tease might help encourage me to find the 5 minutes.
Anyway, I think I have waffled enough about how this quote came about this week but the reason I chose it was because I 100% agree with it and I was really interested to see if other folks who write did too. I love to read. I have loved to read for longer than I have enjoyed writing. I feel the combination of writing and reading together has helped me because I most definetly better write than I did. My vocabulary is far more extensive than it was and I can word situations far better than I could. I am so far away from being a Stephen King though but yanno, I have made my peace with that.
I have spent far too long having an internal argument with myself about how I am not a writer and I can’t write erotica or I can’t do this or that. But the thing is once I actually stopped caring and channelled that negative energy into something else, I did those things. I have this space here, my blog, for nearly 5 years and it is full of words because I am a writer. It even has an erotica section now, which I swore for years I would not be able to do. While I know I am not going to be winning any prizes for erotica novelist of the year etc, I am me and I tell you, my lovely reader, my thoughts, feelings and experiences in my words and I can do no more than that.
Being here, doing this meme, has encouraged me to read more blogs and through your words, I am learning too. You have helped me to become better at what I do. I spent many years having this blog and reading other memes and never taking part because I was always scared of allowing my words to be judged by others. Quote Quest has completely taken away that worry. I am not sure how or why because I honestly care less about the judgement and I write my posts solely for me, because I want to, but I love that you read them too <3 When I got this point, then I felt I can write. It has taken many years to make that peace with myself though.
(Please note this post was written in advance of the release of Molly’s top blogger list).