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Post Reply Personally, is it more enjoyable to read a book or write one?
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If I ever finish a book I'll let you know. I do enjoy writing though.
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Reading is quite nice, and a good way to spend time, as well as writing. But the thing with writing is that even if I have the story and characters all lined up and ready to be written into a story, I just can't grasp the will the do so. I'm even more willing to draw the characters and provide extremely detailed descriptions about them, but I don't have the energy to write the story... Quite weird of me, to be honest. Though, if I was forced to write the story (like say a school assignment), then it'd be enough of a push to keep me going and eventually flow into it. I don't have the motivation to initiate it myself.

So I guess I prefer reading because of the non-existent effort there is into it, but I'd like to have my own story, just written by someone else who has both the time and energy...
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Posted 5/21/16

TheOriginalStraynge wrote:

If I ever finish a book I'll let you know. I do enjoy writing though.


Yay!
Posted 5/21/16
Blahhhh for me personally it's equally fun to do both.
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For me reading is torture while writing is pleasurable.



“It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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qualeshia3 wrote:

For me reading is torture while writing is pleasurable.



“It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


The only reason why I find reading to be a torture is because I can't vizualize when I read.
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The only reason why I find reading to be a torture is because I can't vizualize when I read.



“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.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


If you can't visualize while reading, I can't see how you can on your own.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

The only reason why I find reading to be a torture is because I can't vizualize when I read.



“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.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


If you can't visualize while reading, I can't see how you can on your own.


I can do just fine. But I get what you mean how reading is important and all. Whenever I read a book, my mind gets distracted, making it hard for me to see what goes on in the book. But when I write, I can see things clearly than when I read.
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I can do just fine. But I get what you mean how reading is important and all. Whenever I read a book, my mind gets distracted, making it hard for me to see what goes on in the book. But when I write, I can see things clearly than when I read.


To each his own. I'm sorry, but something about what you said irked me.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I can do just fine. But I get what you mean how reading is important and all. Whenever I read a book, my mind gets distracted, making it hard for me to see what goes on in the book. But when I write, I can see things clearly than when I read.


To each his own. I'm sorry, but something about what you said irked me.


Oh, I'm sorry about my earlier comment then. I just wish reading was a pleasure just like writing but my ADHD acts up when I read.
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I like writing stories rather than reading one I feel it's just a drag for me to read something....maybe that's just me >_>
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Rinrinrinn

“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.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I haven't read Stephen King's memoir, but I've read three other 'how to write' books (one for comics, one for movie scripts, and one for novels) and they all say the same thing. If you want to get good, you have to read everyday and you have to write everyday.

Writing a book is a lot of work, and the whole process can take years. If you can't even enjoy reading a book, I struggle to see how you'll have a good time writing one. Coming up with an idea is a very small part of writing a book, and quite honestly the easiest and most enjoyable part. The real work comes when you're grinding everyday putting words to the page. For any aspiring authors out there who struggle reading, I recommend finding a genre that interests you and reading the kind of stories you'll enjoy. Reading is always easier when you're enjoying what you're reading.
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“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.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I haven't read Stephen King's memoir, but I've read three other 'how to write' books (one for comics, one for movie scripts, and one for novels) and they all say the same thing. If you want to get good, you have to read everyday and you have to write everyday.

Writing a book is a lot of work, and the whole process can take years. If you can't even enjoy reading a book, I struggle to see how you'll have a good time writing one. Coming up with an idea is a very small part of writing a book, and quite honestly the easiest and most enjoyable part. The real work comes when you're grinding everyday putting words to the page. For any aspiring authors out there who struggle reading, I recommend finding a genre that interests you and reading the kind of stories you'll enjoy. Reading is always easier when you're enjoying what you're reading.


The genre isn't the problem. I'm simply unable to visualize when I read.
Posted 5/21/16

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I haven't read Stephen King's memoir, but I've read three other 'how to write' books (one for comics, one for movie scripts, and one for novels) and they all say the same thing. If you want to get good, you have to read everyday and you have to write everyday.

Writing a book is a lot of work, and the whole process can take years. If you can't even enjoy reading a book, I struggle to see how you'll have a good time writing one. Coming up with an idea is a very small part of writing a book, and quite honestly the easiest and most enjoyable part. The real work comes when you're grinding everyday putting words to the page. For any aspiring authors out there who struggle reading, I recommend finding a genre that interests you and reading the kind of stories you'll enjoy. Reading is always easier when you're enjoying what you're reading.


It was required reading for one of my writing classes in college. I think it's a great read for anyone who wants to do more than just casual writing.
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I always get bored with books, especially if they have some length to them. So I would say I´d rather write because I enjoy being creative and it would be fun to make a story that only you could think of.
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