January 6 question – Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?
I’m not sure that being a writer is what makes the difference between sticking with a story and nope.
As a writer, I’m more likely to find myself reading unpolished work, or work from beginners than I would as a general reader. There are a lot of different skill levels among my friends.
If I’m reading an unfinished piece of work, I usually stop when I realize there’s nothing more I can do for the writer. Needs structural editing? Did the grandmother die (unintentionally) three different times? Well, that’s where I tell the person it needs structural editing.
There’s no point in forcing my way through so I can adjust punctuation.
In published works? Well, it’s been a while since I stopped reading something. I do tend to be pretty careful with my selections, though.
**glances at to read list**
To be fair, I think most of the books I stop reading are ones that I didn’t choose for myself, in the first place. For instance, I’m still fighting my way through that list of prize winners. Some of the books just flew. Others were not what I would pick out individually for myself, and they just… stare at me.