Happy Valentine’s Day! Fall in #love with a #book.

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#IWSG February 2017: “Being a writer changes how you read” & my #YouTube channel.

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Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

Monthly Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

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Being a writer has turned me into a hungry reader. I used to just read to escape and or enjoy a good story. Now when I read, I want more. I want to be inspired. I want to learn. I want to see what does and doesn’t work. I want to experience the stories, good or bad, to better my own writing.

I still read for pure enjoyment, but now I also read for review and critique. I find that while I’m more critical over plot, character, and world development, I’ve become more compassionate about all the technical stuff. I don’t ignore or make excuses for outright bad writing and poor editing, but I recognize how difficult it is to find good, reliable, and affordable editing services as an indie; and don’t get me started on critique partners and support groups. Anyone can call him or herself a writer, but to be a good writer- to be an author- it takes determination and creativity that not everyone has.

Being a writer has made me truly respect all the books I’ve always loved. If you’d like to know more about my thoughts on reading, please consider following this blog (I post reviews twice a month) and checking out my You Tube channel.

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Has being a writer changed your reading experience?
Live in or near Hampton Roads? Please check out my giveaway on the side panel.

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Misha Gericke,
LK Hill,
Juneta Key,
Christy, and
Joylene Buter!!

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Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #69).

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

In case you missed it; #fun #video & #books

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#Books to #Film in 2017; Have you read’em?

Hi there, just wanted to share this impromptu video. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Tomorrow’s monthly movie review will go up on Wednesday. I totally put this off too long and only just figured out what I want to review. It’s coming. Until then, please enjoy this short video.

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Yay! I exceeded my 2016 Reading Challenge! #books #ebooks

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This isn’t all people. There’s so much more to this. If you want to see it all, please click the image to visit Goodreads. This is pretty cool to me. I’m actually proud of what I’ve accomplished this year, even if I did read a lot of short stuff. It’s hard trying to find time to read, write, and go to work every day.

I think I’ll keep the same challenge next year. 24 books a year is a good goal for me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

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