As part of my writing journey, I figured that I would start reading other independent authors’ work, especially in my horror and paranormal genre.
I found three books that sound very promising and ordered them. I’m just now waiting for them to get here so I can start reading them. I ordered Chasing Ghosts by Dean Cole, Sisters of Wynter’s Hill by Helen Whistberry, and Spider Season by Billy Hanson.
Reading works by other authors in the same genre I write is an excellent way to learn about different writing styles. Maybe even pick up a point or two that I can use to improve my writing.
Stephen King said it best “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
To be a good writer, you have to read a lot and what better books to read than novels in the same genre you want to write. I want to write about horror and the paranormal. I love reading about local myths and legends and taking what I read and creating scary stories.
Arizona has many myths and legends that will make great stories like the Skinwalkers or the Mogollon monster. The Lost Dutchman mine located in the Superstition mountains. The story of the Lost Dutchman mine is not only creepy but will make an even spookier story.
I’m interning with the Coffee House Writers, and I will be concentrating on writing short stories less than two thousand words. I’m hoping to improve on my stories and later make the stories longer. Right now, an average short story is five thousand words or longer.
My other stories are over five thousand words, and reading the novels I’ve ordered will help. Plus, I get to learn from other writers as well as help them promote their work.
That’s another advantage of reading other aspiring writers’ work. When we read each other’s work, we support each other and help promote their work to others.
Last week I wrote a blog about how necessary support is for writers. When I get a rejection, I immediately take it personally. I think I’m a failure or that I am a lousy writer. I have second thoughts about even being a writer.
Supporting each other is a great way to help us get over any self-doubts rejections cause. It is also great for helping promote other writer’s work to get the recognition they deserve. Reading each other work’s is also a great way of learning from each other. We can pick up writing tips and suggestions as well as ideas for our own work.
Having support from other writers, mainly in the same genres as we write, is invaluable. Support helps us writers keep up our confidence when we feel depressed from rejections or when we are suffering doubts. Writing isn’t easy – if it were, then everyone would be doing it. That quote is from “A League of their own” about Baseball. The quote was about Baseball but can easily apply to writing and having a great support group is an invaluable part of writing.