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  1. Toi Thomas
    October 15, 2019 @ 14:58

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry it took so long for me to reply; life gets hectic sometimes.
    I love the points you make about everyone being influenced by something in life. I also agree, that while rare, a non-reader could writing something good but as you say, why? Why write if you don’t like to read?
    As always, thanks for all the reading recommendations.

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  2. Chrys Fey
    October 7, 2019 @ 17:25

    Thanks for including the Area 51 anthology!

    I wish I could submit something to your anthology, but I’m going to be so busy editing for the rest of the year. 🙁

    Area 51 (Vanessa’s book)…hmm…that sounds interesting.

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    • admin2
      October 7, 2019 @ 17:38

      It is actually Area 52 and it is great little series. I have loved reading it. I wish you could too maybe one day in the future.

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  3. Roland R Clarke
    October 5, 2019 @ 15:37

    I like your take on reading and life, Juneta – and agree as we don’t live in a vacuum, evading words.

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    • admin2
      October 7, 2019 @ 17:39

      Thank you.

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  4. Pat Hatt
    October 4, 2019 @ 17:56

    Yeah, no matter what they are getting stories told to them in some way, so they can pretend they are having fresh ideas or whatever, but aren’t.

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    • admin2
      October 4, 2019 @ 19:58

      Agree. Thanks for visiting with me.

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  5. Shannon Lawrence
    October 4, 2019 @ 02:52

    I don’t understand why someone who wants to write is against reading. I have met people who claim they don’t read, but write, but not many.

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    • admin2
      October 4, 2019 @ 10:37

      When I hear that I always wonder if that is just excuse or determent to make sure another author does not ask them to beta read or leave a review. They want to ask but don’t want you to ask them so say that hoping you will understand.

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  6. C. Lee McKenzie
    October 3, 2019 @ 20:49

    Your response to the question was perfect!

    I hope you get tons of humorous submissions for your next collection, but I’m sure you will. This is a great opportunity for writers to showcase their work.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:04

      Thank you and Thank you. HUGS

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  7. Michelle Wallace
    October 3, 2019 @ 14:08

    I love your response to the question of the month! Only YOU can tell YOUR story – yes, which makes your story distinct.
    The Grumpy Old Gods Collection is growing.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:05

      Thank you. Yes it is by April next year we plan to have 7 volumes lol. I admit Vol 3 is going a little slower than we anticipated but life has hijacked us a couple of times.

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  8. CV Grehan
    October 3, 2019 @ 11:59

    Your answer was spot on, Juneta! Well done!
    You’re right about the overwhelm. One thing at a time.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:06

      Thank you.

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  9. Christine Rains
    October 3, 2019 @ 10:15

    That was well said. We’re exposed to storytelling in all forms. Even asking someone how their day was is expecting a story in return. I’m trying to learn to do one thing at a time and not feel overwhelmed too. It takes practice, but we’ll get there.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:08

      Yup practice, practice, practice… I feel inadequate a lot.

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  10. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    October 3, 2019 @ 04:46

    Great post!

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:08

      Thank you.

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  11. Angela Wooldridge
    October 3, 2019 @ 04:31

    Give 100 writers a word and they’ll all come up with a different story.
    Little steps at a time – hope you get past your current overwhelm; you are fab and amazing 🙂

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:09

      Ah, Thank you.

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  12. J.H. Moncrieff
    October 2, 2019 @ 22:17

    Very well said, Juneta.

    Good luck with surviving your own period of overwhelm, and thanks for the kind words on my blog.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:09

      Thank you. You are welcome.

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  13. Lynda R Young / Elle Cardy
    October 2, 2019 @ 21:10

    I can relate to that sense of being overwhelmed. And you are right: one step at a time. It’s all we can do. And yes, we do need to read!

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:10

      Read and read a lot.

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  14. Jemi Fraser
    October 2, 2019 @ 20:32

    I think we humans are natural story tellers and it shows in a lot of our arts!

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:10

      Agreed. Thank for stopping in.

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  15. Karen Lynn
    October 2, 2019 @ 20:17

    Happy IWSG day! I think every last one of us is in agreement on this one. So, happy reading, too.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:11

      Yup, I think we are.

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  16. Olga Godim
    October 2, 2019 @ 18:00

    Great post, Juneta. Every word rings true.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:11

      Thank you.

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  17. ChemistKen
    October 2, 2019 @ 16:52

    To be honest, I would have said that one has to read a lot to understand story structure, but now that you mention it, movies are often used to explain story structure, so I guess having seen a lot of movies would work just as well. Good point.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:12

      I learn a lot from movies as a writer.

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  18. Lee Lowery
    October 2, 2019 @ 13:11

    I quite agree. Every experience and interaction colors our experiences. Not reading will not make someone’s experiences “an extension of him/herself.” We’re all influenced by our community. And we choose how narrow or expansive that community is.

    Interesting point about authors writing in genres they hate or distain, and dissing their readers. The term “hack” comes to mind.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:13

      lol, right? Good term.

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  19. JUDY M WEIR
    October 2, 2019 @ 12:44

    Reading has taught me one valuable lesson while writing. Edit again and again, until something inside me says, “The reader has become my prisoner.”

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:13

      lol, good point.

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  20. Jacqui Murray
    October 2, 2019 @ 12:22

    Really good point about redefining ‘reading’ as watching TV, videos, and more. These days, that’s spot on.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:15

      Well, it was more about telling stories and their structure and translating that to the written word.

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  21. Anna
    October 2, 2019 @ 11:40

    Nicely put, Juneta. And well thought out.

    When I decided to write fiction, I picked up a how-to write manual. Without reading On Writing, I would have failed before I began. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:15

      Good point.

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  22. Julie Flanders
    October 2, 2019 @ 11:04

    Good point about being exposed to storytelling even if not reading books. So true!
    I hear you about being overwhelmed, it seems that is my go-to feeling lately.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:16

      Yeah I would like to move past it to a new go to feeling lol.

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  23. Natalie Aguirre
    October 2, 2019 @ 10:12

    I totally agree that there really isn’t a new story idea. But we put our own spin on it. And yes, we hear and see stories all the time, even when we’re not reading.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:17

      Exactly.

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  24. L. Diane Wolfe
    October 2, 2019 @ 09:54

    Why would anyone write in a genre they don’t like? Writing is torture enough.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:17

      Agreed.

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  25. Ellen Jacobson
    October 2, 2019 @ 09:34

    Great answer! Story is all around us, not just in the written word, and we can’t help be be influenced by it in one way of another.

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:18

      Agreed.

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  26. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    October 2, 2019 @ 08:07

    We are exposed to storytelling in so many places, no one can avoid it.
    Thanks for mentioning my tour!

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:18

      You are very welcomed.

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  27. Pat Garcia
    October 2, 2019 @ 05:27

    Hi,

    Writing is a craft. Yes, it can be learned, and yes, there are some people who are born with a creative spirit. But I believe reading belongs and is a part of whatever a writer puts on paper or in that computer of his or hers.

    Thanks for going into a little bit more detail on the twitter pitch because I plan to participate next year in January. I wasn’t sure of the length. It may sound funny but I was thinking that I could send an attachment in twitter. 🙂 Now I know the pitch must be twitter length.

    Wishing you all the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    • admin2
      October 3, 2019 @ 21:19

      You are welcome.

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