Read and Reread

“Do you read your own books? Why or why not?”

Yes, I read my own writings. What can I say? I put too much in to them not to keep them in mind.

And after I have written something, it often goes out of my mind.

I often run across starts or passages  of novels and stories and forget that I had written them. I honestly don’t remember some of the poems and articles which I have written, (and even had published).

I go over and over stories as I write them to get it honed and frankly, to see where the story and characters take me, so when they are finished, I like to see how it all came together. I have done it several times over, so why not with the finished products?

I learn from my own writings as much, if not more, than from reading other people’s works. I see how my characters, places, and stories grew, and how much the characters learned, or how they let the readers, (and ME), learn about them.

The best characters do not reveal all about themselves right away, even if they seem to.

So, does it seem egotistical to read one’s own works?

I don’t think so.

Frankly, I often forget what I wrote because I do let the characters tell me their stories.

And so, I enjoy reading them again as much as I enjoy reading other stories more than once.

I am being brief today, as I have family coming in and family going out.

But I hope I made myself clear.

I see nothing wrong with reading one’s own works.

In fact, I think it’s essential for a writer’s growth.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to Read and Reread

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Like you, I let the characters tell their own stories and nudge the plot in ways which I had not suspected. I find that exhilarating… because (to me) it indicates there’s LIFE in the tale.

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  2. You’re right, we do need to read our own works because we do learn about our writing, that’s how we grow as authors.
    I also let the characters tell their stories and it can be nice to go back and read it, enjoy it once the story has been told.
    Enjoy the time with your family that’s coming in.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I can’t say that I learn from my own writing, other than how much I’ve learned and changed. But I do agree that it’s not egotistical to read what you’ve written. Have a great visit.

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