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!
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!).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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