Hi y'all. The word for today's writer's object lesson is...
1. a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.
verb (used with object)
2. to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
3. to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games.
So as a writer how can I convey that same feeling in a reader. Good question. Rule number one is write a good book. Easier said than done. What I think of as a good book maybe not be your idea of a good book. Taste and preferences are so subjective. Some people will only read romance novels, some only nonfiction, and others are like me more eclectic in tastes.
As a writer, I'm addicted to writing. Yes I am. I don't feel my day is complete unless I have creatively written something each day. It's not an unhealthy addiction like alcohol or drugs. Is it a determent on my body? It can be. When the words are flowing I can forget to eat, stay up later than I should, and bounce in my chair until my eyes turn yellow instead of going to the bathroom.
I have few requirements in regards to subject matter. A book nonfiction contains subject matter I can learn from. In fiction, it has to transport me and make me feel what the characters feel. It has to be like those "Calgon take me away" commercials. If I can put it down and not give it another thought, I don't want to read it. I will say right up front I don't like erotica. It's just not my cup of tea. Although I know many people enjoy it.
So as a writer should you also be addicted to reading? I can say with an empathic "yes." Most writers are avid readers. They write what they like to read. If they enjoy historical romances; they'll write historical romances. I can say for me, it's suspense, adventure, action, mysterious circumstances, and even some horror are where I make a bee line to in the book stores as far as fiction goes. So, I understandably write this. This is where my experience lies.
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Having the Kindle helps because I can enlarge the text on the screen so I don't even have to have my bifocals to read them. Do you lose your reading glasses as often as I do? I purposely bought six pairs, and they grows legs and walk away to hide. Of course there is their favorite hiding place...on top of my head.