Friday, January 20, 2012

YA Indie Carnival- What Reading Teaches

It's Friday again.  YAY!  I must admit I'm glad to see this one arrive.  Not that I don't like every other Friday, but some are much more of a relief.  And this one certainly is.

So today's topic is:

What Reading Teaches A Writer

Well, the answer to that is simple--pretty much everything.  The basics of language and grammar and communicating via the written word are obviously first obtained in school.  Then, if you're anything like me, the vast majority of it is soon forgotten.  I couldn't tell you what a dangling participle is if my life depended upon it.  What I can tell you is that it's not as gross as it sounds.  *insert weak laughter here*  Okay, so I can do better than that, but maybe it kept you awake amid the talk of school and English classes.  I was afraid you might need a little something  to keep you from nodding off.  Anyway, I think reading is what gives legs to all that you learned in school and then teaches you all sorts of other things.  It teaches a writer how to build a realistic world, even if it's a foreign one, how to form compelling characters, how to construct an exciting plot and how quickly to race toward the climax.  It teaches us how to engage people and excite them, how to tickle their imagination and tease their senses.  I think reading is very important to a writer and I'm not sure there have ever been any successful ones who didn't.  Writing is one of those professions where you don't have to have formal training, but I think what you do have to have is experience, only this experience comes in the form of visiting other people's worlds, meeting their characters, becoming invested in their lives and in the outcome of the story.  That is the most invaluable experience any writer can have, in my opinion.  But, then again, that's just my opinion.

What are your thoughts?

Now, I have a couple of announcements before I send you off to visit the other carnis.  There are two books being offered for FREE on Amazon right now.  Did you get that?  They're FREE!  That's worth spreading the word about, right?  Right.  So I hope you will.  Tell everyone.  Hopefully they'll thank you and run right off to the computer to download their little hearts out.  That's what I'm hoping anyway.  And thank you in advance for telling everyone you see--even if they don't have a Kindle.  LOL 

Blood Like Poison by yours truly is available until midnight on Monday and The Understorey by Fisher Amelie is available until tomorrow night.  Go get 'em and then let us know how you liked them when you finish.  We'd certainly appreciate it:)

Also, Dani over at Refracted Light Reviews will be hosting our own Patti Larsen's Family Magic Tour along with a giveaway so go check it out here

That's it for me.  TGIF and, as always, happy reading!

Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series
Heather Self Blogger, Reviewer and upcoming Indie Author
Heather M. White, Author of The Destiny Saga
Melissa Pearl, Author The Time Spirit Trilogy
T. G. Ayer
Bryna Butler, Author of Midnight Guardian series