Let’s try something different today. In this short episode, Craig is using his newly-found oodles of time to bring you a short, solo episode. Today’s quick topic is whether we should read deeply or widely. Which is better? What does our preference say about us? It’s a strange new format, let’s see how we all feel about it!

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  1. Arahant Member

    Still catching up from when I was off writing seven novels in one year, all in the same series. 😄 I suppose that sort of answers the question, doesn’t it?

    First, to make you feel better, I started reading my first JRRT novel over fifty years ago, youngster.

    Second, I think most people will shift over time. We start out reading broadly, since we don’t know what we like or what is out there. Then, as life happens, we tend to narrow down and focus as reading time diminishes. My dad read westerns and police or adventure novels. That was his thing. He read other genres, especially when he was younger, but as he got older, he was down to two or three authors. In some ways, I have broadened my interests over time. I grew up reading SF/Fantasy almost exclusively. I bought and read anything that looked interesting, not knowing what authors were good or not. I would also read my dad’s westerns and any other book available in the house. Since, I have discovered other genres I like, if I can find an author I appreciate. But that’s the hard part.

    A funny thing happened on the way to becoming a writer. I developed a very critical eye for writing. That meant that I spot flaws in stories that thirty years ago I would have passed right over. And that means for me to enjoy a book, it has to be very well-written. But good authors and well-written books are surprisingly hard to find these days.

    Third, I wish you the best of fortune in your independent endeavors. I started my first business in 1998, and have technically had three since then, with the last just being me as an author. It has its positives and negatives.

    Fourth, I did like this format. I don’t know if you have done any more. As I said, I’m still catching up from earlier in the years.


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