Wednesday, March 3, 2021

#IWSG It's all good!

 Welcome to another monthly adventure in the world of freaked out writers! (Or at least sometimes mildly insecure ones ;))

Once a month writers from all over the globe gather to connect and share our stories. Join us!

Along with general insecurities, celebrations, and ponderings, there is an optional question each month-- this month's was about if we read within our genre or go beyond.


LOL- I read within my genres/sub genres which are fantasy (light, epic, and urban), space opera, and steampunk.  I also read mysteries and anything else that might catch my eye. I have noticed what I want to read at a given time is often not what I'm writing. I've been wandering through the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters (massive re-read, they are one of my comfort series ;)) right now and I'm not working on anything like them.

When I'm working on the steampunk books, I usually read fantasy--but not mystery.

I think it's important for writers to read whatever they like. Hopefully it will be the genres they are writing in or why else write in them?

What do you like to read?

Happy IWSG day!


  1. Since I've only written one book(almost), I haven't even thought about switching genres yet, so I don't know what I'd read then. Right now it's just urban fantasy, mostly to pick up tips and tricks for how I should write mine.

    1. Cool! I've found I'll sometimes read once for fun, then read again to pick up tips :).

  2. I do read the genres I write, but not while I'm actually writing. I like to have something different to clear my mind.

  3. I developed a real fangirl relationship with steampunk after judging several in a contest. I wish I was half that clever!

  4. I wrote a YA steampunk when I was first learning this whole writing gig. I'm definitely going to have to revisit that genre one day! So much fun!

  5. That's a great genre reading list. I love steampunk, the more surreal the better, but have never had the courage to attempt writing it. It seems to require so much research for all the details. Hope you have a great March.
    Anne from

  6. I do like to read the genres I write, but I also read other genres.

  7. It is important to like what you're reading. Or, at least, to learn why you don't enjoy reading something so you don't put it in your own.

    I love reading a wide variety of genres. I posted for IWSG day today. My post includes a new book by a friend, a note about a free book next week, a tweet about a query contest (LGBTQ romance this round), and a quick message about April Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  8. I'd forgotten someone had recommended the Peabody books to me once upon a time, so thanks for the reminder! I definitely try to read a lot in my genre(s), but I read outside of it, too.

  9. Very true! Why would we write in a genre we don't enjoy reading?

  10. I like that term, "Comfort series." I have comfort books and tv shows, even a few movies. Sometimes, we need to go back and visit old friends.

  11. Writers have to read in the genre they write. How else will they learn the tropes, what's expected in the stories? But we need to read outside our preferred genre(s) to broaden our experiences. My book group challenges me to read outside my comfort zone. I grouse about it at times, but I learn so much.