Before I go into today’s post, I want to say a massive thank you for all the good wishes and support I received on Friday and over the weekend following my post on having agent representation. It was overwhelming. I was absolutely blown away by the sheer volume of responses, here, on Twitter, Facebook and blog posts other bloggers had mentioned me in. Pamreader congratulated me on her blog, Mel Sherratt on her blog and my post was reblogged at Born in the Change.
Sincere thanks to each and every one of you for those good wishes.
Today’s post was prompted by my book club attendance last week. Thursday evening.
I have been a member of Pamreaders Broadway book club in Nottingham since October last year. I joined because I wanted to widen my reading selections and I liked the idea of going somewhere to talk with people who shared the same love of books that I have, even if we all like different genres, our love of books still exists.
Reading is massively important to a writer. How can you write if you don’t read books?
So, as a writer, what will you gain from attending a book club?
Well, since attending Broadway book club, I have heard so many conversations about books and these conversations are not from other writers and they’re not from industry professionals, they’re from readers. The people who spend their money on books and who love doing so.
The conversations are wonderful, the readers intelligent. Depth of character and plotlines are discussed. Irrelevant plot tools are spotted and fantastic twists applauded. I hear what readers hate, and they mostly hate being taken as stupid, but I also hear what they love, so when I’m writing my second novel and revising the first, I will definitely be bearing it all in mind.
I get so much from going once a month to our book club. My reading selection is now more varied. I have a place I can be enthusiastic about books and reading and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find a hidden treasure for my writing.
I think a book club offers so much to a writer. An insight to those who actually pick up the books through choice and for joy, hearing the things they spot, and love and hate.
If you love books, as a reader or a writer, I’d highly recommend you try to find out where your nearest book club is.
Do you attend a book club? Would you consider looking one up?