#IWSG: Being Authentic

Welcome to #IWSG‘s monthly gathering of authors who confess the truth about writing a best seller, and/or offer guidance from their wealth of trials and tribulations. Click on the link to discover more author blogs and their passions. 

The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

October 2nd 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 your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?

 Some writers may fall into the habit of unconsciously (or consciously) copying another author. I think that once they gain confidence and experience, those authors may develop their own voice giving the reader a unique experience.

While reading novels, I gain insight in different techniques. I don’t believe I’ve ever copied someone else’s writing style. It wouldn’t feel authentic resulting in a story that felt pieced together by more than one author.

It’s a learning process. Whether studying another author’s technique, or taking writing classes, or assessing your books’ reviews, it’s a journey that never ends.

Someday I’ll be the greatest author there ever lived. I just have to live for another hundred years and write a novel each year. 🙂

8 thoughts on “#IWSG: Being Authentic

  1. I don’t try to imitate anybody’s style, but I’ve found a few authors whose styles kind of remind me of my own. I do look to them as examples when I don’t feel I’m writing at my best.

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