In the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, I participated in an Internet bulletin board called FIDOnet, on the Writer's board. At that time I coined the phrase,
"Writers Write -- Writer's Can't Not Write,"
and used it as my SIG file for all my messages. Over the years I have used it periodically as my SIG file for other writer's boards, more recently the one for Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
My original phrase has taken a life of its own and has spread throughout the internet -- most recently on this blog post by Jen Bailey on her blog, Write Fiercely and Own It.
One of her recent blog posts is about Reading Like a Writer. I've always wondered what THAT phrase meant and found myself nodding at the points she makes about this. Yes, yes. I agree. My own reading has changed since I began attending that college -- but this is the first time someone has articulated just why this happened.
Click on over and see if you have also begun reading like a writer.