Read What Excites You

As writers, I think we get wound up too much about reading what’s good for us. Read this author, he was a master at suspense. Read that author, she does dialogue the best. Read this author. Read that author.

It’s all probably true.

And boring. And dry. It kills the imagination. If you don’t connect with the story (forget about connecting with the author, that’s a whole different kettle of worms), if it doesn’t make you want to jump out of your skin just so you can grab a pencil and paper, if it doesn’t fodder YOUR OWN ideas… forget it!

You as a writer need to feed what stoke your imagination.

You can’t write like Hemingway in Science Fiction. Who’d want it? Look at the current books, do they write like Chaucer? Or Dickens? Even writing like Asimov in today’s market won’t get you published. Read the giants in your own genre, read the most current you can find.

Those are who you should be studying. Those are who you should be emulating.

Look for them. Feed your need.


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Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.