Insecure Writers Support Group Badge

I must apologise to any followers still out there. I realise that I haven’t blogged even once since my monthly post for Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day on January 4th#IWSG – TO BOLDLY GO.

I had intended to post one or two book reviews as there are seven novels screaming at me for reviews. My excuses are getting stale, although I wish my health were better as that would help. However, a month has passed and here is my February IWSG post.

February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

When I was a child, and through my teens, I devoured books – well not like Firmin the rat at the heart of Sam Savage’s fantastic debut; belatedly, I just wrote a quick review on Goodreads.

In my teens, I did write as well, but at that point, the writing merely fed my desire to read some great science fiction and fantasy. Perhaps I was picking up something from the reading, although not vice versa.

It was when I retired as a journalist and began working on “Spiral of Hooves”, my first published novel, that I began to read as a writer. It wasn’t immediate, but I began to note how the writing elements came together in other people’s books – or didn’t.

I follow a few writing ‘mentors’ that have written fiction, such as K M Weiland, so reading their creations is both an insightful and enjoyable experience as a writer/reader. Example: K M Weiland’s Storming which I did manage to review.

However, I try to switch off my analytical self when I read – most of the time. The time for this writer to assess the elements is not when I’m engrossed in the tale. That works in a similar way that my internal editor must be locked away during a first draft. I must find the right moment to switch brains and avoid interrupting the flow.

So my writing has enhanced my reading experience.



The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day. We post our thoughts on our own blogs. We talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered. We discuss our struggles and triumphs. We offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

Please visit others in the group and connect with my fellow writers.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

And be sure to check out our Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13/

Our revved up IWSG Day question may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Butler!



A Big A To Z Announcement Is Coming! #atozchallenge

Six years ago, at about this time the first A to Z Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Linky List appeared as sign-ups opened. A successful and popular blogging experience was born – thanks to founder Arlee Bird, who celebrates his birthday today so I hope it’s a great one. [He’s three years ahead of me, but I move one year closer in August.]

I admit that I was an observer in the first few years of A to Z. The first year that I took part was in 2014 when I chose aspects of the future world that became Gossamer Flames. In 2015, it was the War of 1812, and last year I went for a story format entitled ‘A Brilliant Conspiracy’.

Last May, I started scribbling out some ideas for 2017, and have added to those notes. However, there is exciting news on its way, if I read the tempting ‘trailer’ on the A to Z website correctly. If you want to know more, which you must do, then visit and be tempted:  http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/01/a-big-to-z-announcement-is-coming.html


14 thoughts on “#IWSG – READING AS A WRITER

  1. I’m intrigued to know what the A to Z announcement is going to be. I don’t think I’m going to be able to participate this year as I won’t have good internet access in April. However, I’ll look forward to reading your A to Z blog posts, once I’m back in the land of internet connectivity.


    • Thanks, Alex, for your visit. Read your blog and realised that those poor elements can ruin the reading experience; as others also said. Looking forward to A to Z with excitement, tinged with trepidation.


  2. Good to see you back even if a month has passed. Winter is no fun when your health is a problem. Hey, even when you don’t have health problems if you live where the skies are gray.


  3. It’s good if you can tune your editor voice out when you’re reading for enjoyment. I can if the work is extraordinary. Watching the series True Detective felt like that. The writing hooked me from the beginning. And I’m like a spoiled child if I’m not grabbed immediately. Nice that you’re back, Roland.


    • Thanks Joylene. That editing voice might be silent but it can kick me in the shins if something is really amiss. Just reading a regency romance – not my usual genre but it was a prize – almost finished but just got kicked; when the dancing started twice.


  4. I wish I could turn off my inner writer when I’m reading. Plot holes and typos drive me insane! From a writing perspective, though, I can understand how these things happen. It’s really hard to disconnect from your work when writing and it makes mistakes easy to miss. This is why having multiple people read a story is important – even the big editors miss details!


    • Thanks, Ashley. Even if I do enjoy a book and get thoroughly engrossed, that inner editor does emerge if something breaks the reading flow.I agree that however many people edit/proof read a manuscript, some errors still creep in. I’ve just re-edited my debut novel which had several editors and a proofreader before my US publisher released it, and there were still mistakes missed. Its now being proof checked again so I wonder how many more will creep out of the forest of words.


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