Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
December 8, 2013
Which do you like better: reading or writing?
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MY ANSWER: Hmm. I’m honestly sitting here, unable to decide. WHY did I ask such a hard question?!?!? Okay. Writing can be a soul-crushing endeavor, but despite the frustrations and the tears and the crushed soul, writing gives me so much joy. I write a few paragraphs, and bam. *Magic.* I’m lost in the story, and I’m in love with writing. And I must admit that once I began writing in earnest—seriously learning the craft in pursuit of publication—reading stopped being as fun for me. It’s no longer an instant escape. Before I became a writer, I would just pick up a book and read it. Now I analyze it. If I liked it, I analyze why. If I didn’t like it, I analyze why. It takes me a long time after I start reading to lose myself in the story and disappear from the world, whereas before I became a writer, I could disappear after reading just a few paragraphs. But once I am finally able to disappear into that book: Bam. *Magic.* I’m in love with reading again, more than ever before.
So. Which do I like better: reading or writing? I love them both and I can’t image living without either one. But I since I absolutely have to choose... I prefer reading over writing.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Which do you like better: reading or writing? Why? Was this an easy question for you to answer?