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  1. induchhibber says:

    Kalpana I like to read poetry but what gets my poems flowing is not reading it but my overflowing emotions.

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Sadly I have not been reading much or writing much except for blogs. I’m like a frog on a blog log in the smog or the fog.

    However when I read I like to be carried with the prose in a natural way almost like my own thoughts. If I have to struggle too much with what I’m reading then the reading pleasure is lost and getting through the book becomes like work. If I can’t get into the rhythm and flow of the words, it’s like struggling up a big hill and if I do get to the top and there’s no worthwhile view to see then I’m really annoyed.

    I’ve read three of Atwood’s books so far and you’re right about her mastery of word craft. If she didn’t have that I guess I might not have read more than one.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • Kalpanaa says:

      Hope you get to read more Arlee and thanks for being a frog on a blog log in the smog or fog 🙂

  3. What a relief to hear that reading one language but writing in another messes up your writing. I thought it was just me being weak at separating two languages. My CPs were pulling out their hair while I was in Germany because I would word things weird at times. Here’s to happy writing!

    • Kalpanaa says:

      I can imagine what happened to your wording when you were in Germany. I don’t know this as a fact, haven’t seen any research to support it (there speaks the German precision part of me) but have observed it in myself.

  4. I always say I’m going to read more poetry, but then I never do. I have a few books of poetry on my To Read list, but I tend to read mostly fiction with the occasional non-fiction book thrown in.

  5. Hi Kalpana, nice to meet you. You certainly have a wide variety of reading material listed here. I admire that. I truly believe the more we read and the more diversity in our reading material the better writers we can become. I never though about reading in another language affecting my writing style. Every so often I will read something in French, just to keep my skills up, but I am finding it harder and harder and have to refer to a translation dictionary more. It’s true that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

    • Kalpanaa says:

      I agree that the more we read the better writers we become. It’s lovely to read in another language, even if it affects your writing – you just have to be more careful. And yes, if you don’t use it you lose it so keep reading in French. If you need a translation dictionary maybe its time for an Immersion program – a visit to France 🙂

  6. Hi Kalpana. Last week I read Winter Moon by Dean Koonz and the novel inspired me as a writer. I want to tell a story as well as he does.

    To answer your question, I’m fortunate that reading in another language does not affect my English writing style, although Setswana, my home language, has a very different sentence structure to English. I write in both languages (different types of stories for different languages) but I had never even thought about the possibility that one language could influence my style in another language. Now there’s a thought….

  7. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Hi, Kalpana! I enjoyed your IWSG post. I am, sadly, monolingual, so I’m in awe of anyone who can read in two languages. I’ve been meaning to read “The Blind Assassin,” and your comments on the book intrigued me. Happy writing this month!

    • Kalpanaa says:

      Happy writing to you too mlouise. Sadly I cannot visit your blog as the link is not clickable – so if you read this I hope you will return and leave a link to your blog.

  8. Yes, writing do changes approach to reading. However it’s true for the other way round as well.

  9. I think once we cross over into the land of writers, we never experience reading in quite the same way. Not that I don’t still read way too many books, but like you say, now I dissect them while I’m reading, instead of simply enjoying them. A book has to be over-the-top stellar for me to completely lose myself in it now, whereas once upon a time, anything I read had the power to sweep me away.

    • Kalpanaa says:

      Yes and although that can be a bit of a drawback its also the way you can separate good writing from superb writing.

  10. That’s a great way to describe it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading anymore–there’s just a second layer of analysis that changes the experience somewhat.

  11. Sadly I don’t know who to read or write in another language. (Although I used to speak fluent Japanese.)
    It’s like the rose-colored glasses have been lifted and we see words differently.
    Welcome to the IWSG!

    • Kalpanaa says:

      We do see the words differently with the added insights from another language. Ooooo – Japanese – wish I knew that. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  12. Juneta says:

    Great post with deep thoughts. Like the way you analyzed it all.
    Happy IWSG Belated Day!
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  13. diedre says:

    I enjoy nothing more than a book that elicits involuntary emotions; laughter, gasps, or replays in my mind long after lights-out. I get the feeling you do too – nice to meet you! I’ve often thought that it is through writing that we realize the task of captivating the reader and inadvertently become more analytical. Your engrossing assessment was like a prelude to a fantastically good book!

  14. Hi Kalpanaa!
    I’m in the same boat as you, with regards to dystopian stories.
    I’m unlikely to write anything in that genre. I don’t think that I’ll be inventing new worlds, new races, new clothes or languages either.
    My writing is based on real-life…more-or-less grounded in reality.
    No fantastic otherworldly creatures or beings are likely to appear in my stories, so no fantasy or speculative fiction for me, either.
    Though I HAVE enjoyed reading these types of stories, written by other authors.

    I also love beautiful prose that stirs the imagination and lingers…long after I’ve turned the last page.
    Poetry is my first love! It’s since been ousted by flash fiction. 🙂

  15. D.B. Mauldin says:

    I do pay more attention to details and styles now.

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