Do You Write What You Read?

  • requiem.

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    As for as fiction or romance goes, I think I do. I get inspired from what I read in actual novels and from other authors here. I get inspired from tv shows/movies or a certain scene or dialogue/line from it. I've experienced writing with a number of different genres and I've found what I can write and things that I find hard for me to write.

    Also like astronaut. said, sometimes I'll write what I personally want to read in an actual book.

    But then, like Siriano;]/b] said, I also like to read not really research books but nonfiction or fiction horror stories and things about serial killers. But I could never see myself actually writing a horror story. It'd probably come out corny. Haha
    January 11th, 2012 at 12:14am
  • Narzisse Narcosis;

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    I actually write more types of genres than I read. I'll write non-fiction research papers and essays for school, but by no means will I read those (unless I absolutely have to). I've written mysteries, but I cannot stand reading them. I've written sci-fi, but I very rarely will read it (unless it's a very celebrated book like House of the Scorpion or something). Then, I read more myth and folklore than I write, definitely. What more can be said on that subject? I don't like coming up with explanations for why the world is how it is. I don't like telling people what to think.

    As far as genres and subject matter goes, I am kind of the opposite of what the original post suggests. If I start writing in a niche like steampunk/Victorian fantasy, then I will seek out more of these kinds of books to read for reference/intertextual reasons. . .especially if I've never written in that niche before.
    January 11th, 2012 at 03:53pm
  • mercury.

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    I'm quite picky in stories now. Usually a writer's voice matters to me more than the actual story itself. Sometimes I simply can't go on reading if I dislike the voice the author has. Other times I will read until the very end something I'm not really interested in just because I love the voice of the author, because I want to write like her/him.

    It bothers me, though. An author's voice will make or break a story for me, so if I don't like the voice it easily puts me off from continuing to read, and if I decide to carry on it'll seem more like work. So sometimes it's like I have no choice but to write what I read, you know? XD
    November 9th, 2012 at 06:15am
  • amaranthine.

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    I think I generally do write what I read. I often get inspired by other books, TV shows and films, and I would say that one of my favourite genres both to read and to write is dystopian fiction. When I find books that are similar to what I write, I get really excited. The exception, however, would probably be mystery/crime stories: I quite enjoy reading them, but I find it very hard to write them, simply because I can't imagine myself being able to write an outcome that is good enough for the story - I can build up a complex mystery, but I can't solve it.

    The other exception is historical fiction: I often read it, but I rarely write it. Normally I write futuristic or fantasy stories because it means there are no constraints - a good historical fiction novel needs to be factually accurate, and there's no single period in history that I know enough about to be able to do that, and I wouldn't even know where to start when it came to research.
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:52am
  • Chaos Walking

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    I read a lot of dark fiction and fanfiction with violence and often rape, but I’ve never published a story like this. I read a lot of NC-17, but I’ve never written smut of any kind before. I try my hardest to write about the things that grip me and interest me, but it never really works. I can never finish something or get something to live up to my expectations when it’s supposed to be using all my favourite aspects of stories. You can probably find similarities in plot and writing style in all my stories, but I don’t think any of them are even really inspired by anything I’ve read. I have a frerard fanfiction up there, and I never read frerard. There is quite a lot of dark themes in my writing though, but not as dark as I like.
    November 10th, 2012 at 12:36pm
  • spacejunkie

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    I write almost everything (except for fanfics) and read nothing at all. I can't stand reading, and I totally disagree that you need to read all the time to be a good writer. I think I've read enough to know what I'm doing, and I learn through the exercise now.
    November 11th, 2012 at 04:32am
  • The Real Mitt Romney

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    I don't read much, but when I do, it's either a fanfiction or something outside of Mibba. And it's normally non fiction or historical fiction. I read a lot of One Direction, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria and Batman fanfiction, but I don't write Batman fanfics or plan on it. I'd say no, I don't write what I read for the most part.
    November 11th, 2012 at 03:11pm
  • Katie Mosing

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    I typically do, but only because that's what interests me. A lot of romance and One Direction XD
    February 15th, 2014 at 05:17pm
  • southpaw

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    I'm a sucker for corny romantic comedies, but I can't write a full-on romance story to save my life. I'm a bit picky about the ones I read, too. XD
    July 9th, 2014 at 03:48pm
  • Katie Mosing

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    When it comes to online stories, I primarily read romance and that's really all I write, so yes in that regard. Offline, I read the classics (for school/work) and fantasy (for enjoyment), and neither of those are what I write, though I do hope to write fantasy stories one day.
    July 9th, 2014 at 04:47pm
  • swell

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    I write what I read in terms of online stuff and irl I try to write drama heavy stories because they're the books I tend to be most into.
    July 9th, 2014 at 04:53pm
  • Lunacy

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    Outside of Mibba, I tend to read crime fiction. Actually, all of the books I've read this year are crime fiction Think but I don't write crime fiction at all. I'm more into the romance-drama kind of thing when writing, and they usually involve music somehow. I also read fanfiction sometimes (I imagine I'm reading original fiction, lol), but I don't write fanfiction because I don't belong to any fandom.
    July 10th, 2014 at 04:36am
  • Goddess of Floyd

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    The majority of the time, I do tend to write the same genre that I read, which is usually young adult dystopian/fantasy/romance stories. However, I often find that the music I listen to influences my writing more than the books I read. Songs with political themes and topics really inspire ideas and stories for me.

    I do like writing different things to what I read though, occasionally. I don't read many adult novels, but I include some adult themes in my writing from time to time.
    March 10th, 2015 at 09:12pm
  • Auticorn Writes;

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    Not really. I mean, I guess it depends? I do get a lot of ideas from reading books and stuff. Often times, even just inspiration for my own stories as well. So, like I said... it really depends. Most of what I write is an attempt to inspire others and show a much lighter side to certain disabilities like autism and such.
    April 20th, 2015 at 07:56pm