Think about this . . . when you buy a book, what inspires you to finish the story? Lately, this question has plagued my brain because more often than not, I dive into a book, ready to invest my whole mind sorting through the plot, but usually, I only make it halfway to the end. I lose interest and put it down. Recently, only a select few stories have compelled me to continue to the finish line. So I'm wondering, is it me or the books?
Maybe I've become too picky. Once upon a time, I read with a reader's mindset, but somewhere along the way, I shifted into a writer's mindset. Now when I read, my brain edits everything, and it drives me INSANE! I have NO control over it! Gone is my patience for overwriting and clunky dialog. If the story doesn't MOVE, I toss it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not an arrogant writer. I don't approach other writer's works thinking I could do better. That's not the issue. In fact, I constantly beat myself up over my imperfections, but for whatever reason, when I read ANYTHING, it's like my brain adopts every word, as if I wrote them myself, and then, it attacks or it settles into the story.
It has become nearly impossible for me to fully lose myself in a book because my mind skims the surface, chipping away at unnecessary words or switching around sentences to accommodate my taste. This is great for my own writing, but not so fun when I want to read for pleasure.
I want to know how to SHUT OFF the writerly half of my brain. Does any of this sound familiar to you guys? How do you make the switch from writer to reader? Maybe there isn't a solution, but I thought I could at least gather your thoughts on the subject.
Until next time, happy writing or whatever makes you smile. :)