When it comes to reading books, do you read with a writer mentality, a reader mentality, or both?
I shall explain what I mean.
Writer Mentality: You go into reading fiction with the mindset of a writer. You study novel gathering informative ways on how you can better learn and adapt when you write. You read the work of authors as inspiration and yet motivation and guidance to help you become a better writer, by learning their ways in the hopes of finding your own. This doesn’t mean you aren’t enjoying the story, but you are viewing the book as a writer who wants to learn the craft and utilize it to get better when you start writing your own stories.
Reader Mentality: You read books with the mindset of a reader, even though you are a writer. You learn how to express your creative juices by reading certain authors. But more importantly you find what makes their books so enjoyable and engaging to other readers and what doesn’t, so that when you write your own story you know what to do and not do for your work. You find that with the reader mindset you place your writerly mind behind to get immersed in the story the way any reader would and relate to the characters and become fascinated by their world.
Writer and Reader Mentality: You go into reading books with the mindset of both a reader and writer. You reader to understand how to write, but to also understand what makes a story engaging to people on a personal level. You enjoy the book as a reader but admire and might even love the author writing style and more as a writer. Using that knowledge to make your stories appealing to the those who would like it and anyone who will be interested. Most writers are readers, so this is a more popular option because utilizing both mindsets can inspire yet motivate you as an author.
- Writer Mentality.
- Reader Mentality.
- Both Writer and Reader Mentality.
Thoughts and feelings?