BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is about how I read. This is an interesting topic for me and I will answer it, but not how the creator of this challenge expected. I have issues with reading. Yes, you read that right, an author has trouble with reading. You see I have a learning disability, which is why I never thought I could be a writer to begin with. So, here I am at 40 years of age for the first time in my life writing. Most authors start young, some may never publish until they are an adult, but usually they have written stories here and there since childhood or at least their teenage years. Me, I did none of that. I didn't write my first story until I was forty.
So, back to the reading. It’s not that I can’t read. As far as learning disabled people are concerned I got help at a young age and managed to go to and graduate college in four years. So, to the outside observer it would seem I have no disability and yet I do. I was lucky enough to live at a time and in a place that started to help children with learning disabilities. Also, my parents took an active role in getting me help outside of school.
Due to my disability I have always felt ashamed and embarrassed by it, so when people would ask me to read something (especially out load) I would have a panic attack. Needless to say I didn't do a lot of reading until I was an adult and even then, I didn't do much. It wasn't until I started writing that I reading became an everyday thing. I have read more in the past ten month than I have in my entire life.
How I read is on the kindle app on my phone because I have two small boys who, given the chance, would rip a real book to shreds. Due to those boys and my writing I read when I can. Sometimes it’s not until late at night when I don’t have the energy to write and sometimes it’s a few minutes here and there throughout the day.
Would love to hear how any of you read!
NaNoWriMo: Yesterday was a success. I got just over 2000 words written and plowed through a sex scene. I hate writing sex scenes. I know. I know. I’m an erotic romance writer who hates writing sex scenes, so sue me. It’s not like I hate it because they are dirty or some such nonsense. Sex scenes are difficult to write. There is a lot of imagery and it can sound mechanical if one is not careful. So, each paragraph has to be crafted to not just include the physical act, but the emotional and also the senses.
I think that’s why I am so proud I wrote 2000 words yesterday, because most of it was a sex scene (maybe half, I would have to go back and check and I haven’t had coffee yet so no checking right now).
If I were just righting non-sex scenes I might have come close to doubling my writing efforts, so who knows, tomorrows post I could have some large numbers! Of course the boys are sick, so they will be hanging at home with me today. Maybe I won’t have as large numbers as I would like. Either way you have to wait for tomorrow to see!
Good luck, as always, to all the participants. May your words flow through your fingers faster than they can type!