If you had to choose from being able to only read books, or only write, which would it be?
I don't want to leave my answer yet, because I am interested in reading what you all have to say first!
I would write.
Writing comes from deep inside and is full of your very soul.
Books are pleasure, learning and leisure when read; but are someone else's deep inside and soul.
I love reading though and I would really miss my books!
It is a tough choice! But you are correct, good writers write their soul into the pages.
This is tough to answer from the standpoint that it sometimes seems like WRITER'S BLOCK is my middle name! I really like reading books. But I love writing above all else. Being able to write will always be my first choice (although like Anna Haven I would REALLY miss my books!).
Being blocked is indeed tough! Sometimes I think that it is a waiting period when our muses are off helping someone else!
Read. If it weren't for reading I wouldn't know the stuff I know today; and since I don't want to live life without continuing to learn, I'd choose reading.
As a reading teacher, I guess my answer is not too much of a secret! Read more, learn more!
Reading by a wide margin. While I love to write, I believe I would replace that with oral storytelling. That's not considered cheating, is it?
Not at all! If I could not write, I am sure I would compose in my head. And since I rarely stop speaking....I am sure some would spill out!
Wow, this is a really good question because it is so hard to answer. I love to read; I think reading has made me a better person, a smarter person. Reading is a way to escape reality. Having said that; writing is also a way of escape. It is a meditative expression and release. I don't know if it would be cheating, but if I could at least read my own writing, then I would have to choose writing.
Thanks for answering! It is a tough one....for all of us! But I love the tough questions cause they tickle our brains!
I'd have to choose writing, because it's an outlet for me. However I would probably become a bad writer as a result. One of the best ways to stay sharp in ones own writing is to read a lot, and it would be incredibly sad to miss out on those stories.
Writing and reading are so closely linked, which is why this question is so thought provoking....but yes, one of my sure fire ways to get out of a block, is to read more!
I had to think about this one, but I would choose reading. As much as I love writing and playing with words, the entire writing process, I think a writer who only writes can become lost or even self-absorbed in their own world. Reading gives us the opportunity to explore other writer's worlds and give us an escape. Writing itself can be a labor, thus reading gives us respite and opens our minds. To quote a famous French author; "Reading brings us unknown friends." How many real people or fictional characters in books have deeply affected us and connected us with the vastly strange, powerful thread of humanity. Therefore, I choose books. Great question, Theatergirl!
Reading. My love of writing came from reading. Without reading, I don't feel I could write so well.
Unfortunately, it would have to be write. There's no question about it. I write for a living, and have the only income for a family of five. No writing means no food or bill payment. My reading for fun and brain food would have to take backseat .
I would always choose books. I love to write, but books have often times filled spaces in my life that would be too empty without them! Thank you all for answering!
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