How much to read, what to read- To be able to write well!

Blogging Insights

This week Tanya has asked our opinion about this quote;


“Reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”

Annie Proulx

She also asks our advice;

As an aspiring writer, I would like you to tell me what to read and how to read ?


Who can deny the truth of this quote! We learn by reading. From our very first alphabet book to big tomes of literature, it is all learning- words to express ourselves, correct use of grammar, and how to use different literary devices to our best advantage.

I’m no writer, but I love reading. I have no intention of publishing a story book/ novel, but I still love to read. Reading is not only educational but it’s also as an escape. We open the pages of a book and enter a new world/ universe.

How reading has helped me become a better writer?

It has expanded my vocabulary and I have learned how and when to use words so that they have the maximum impact. I’ve also subconsciously gathered many plots in my mind which peak out when I write a short/ very short story. I have also learned about human nature and how people behave under different circumstances. All these things are a valuable assets to anyone wishing to be an author.

I agree with this quote that the more we read the better we will write. As for what to read and how to read; I think one should read everything ( meaning all genres ) so that the reading experience is broad and balanced. Read whenever you can, not as a compulsory subject in school, but as an enjoyment that will add to your knowledge.


In response to; Blogging Insights 3.0 # 12 — Reading, hosted by Tanya



Blues- Soothing and calming

My brain can’t capture completely

The beauty of the blue sky, white clouds

The silver moon, shining mid afternoon

Just looking up gives a sense of peace

Calms the agitated nerves and feelings

Looking skywards, once in a blue moon

I’m lucky to witness nature in all its splendor!


In response to: Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Blues, hosted by Sue W and GC



What do you see # 189- June 5, 2023

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt


  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • There are issues with pingbacks in WordPress these days. So please paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with




Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit; Geetanjal Khana @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a hand extended out, palm up. A big drop/ splash of water is landing in the palm.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.




WDYS # 188 -A Roundup post


In the open

Under the changing sky

I hold a beacon of hope

To invite dreams

To Bless our hearts

With everlasting hope



Fantastic entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

Destiny; # a moment #

Michnavs; Try

Maria; Plenty of space

David; Flicker or faint memories

Lady Lee Manila; No stars in the night

Reena; Fading light

Keith; Not knowing

Diana; Star light

Ken; Lightening up the playful night sky

Marla; The wish, the prayer

Punam; Notes of sand

Susi; The beginning

Jules; Reconnoitering

Ami; Walk away

Angela; What do b you see

Hammad; My light

Jim; Alone with nature

Suzette; One lantern

Philo; Embracing the beauty of transition

Fandango; The Milky Way

Jane; Trio; Haiku

Dawn; I’m possible

Grace; Scream

Piper; A night walk

Rockstar girl; The fire of the flame

Kat; 3

Aboli; Father Time

Eugenia; Lost

Yinglan; Final moments

Usha; What do you see # 188

Frewin; What do you see

Nichole; Hiking in the wilderness

Dawn; Beacon

Indira; Ethereal

Pamelap; Good Morning

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.




WQ- Midpoint— What are my goals?


Logo by Donna @ Retirement Reflections

It’s not like I did set definite goals for myself this year

I like to be flexible and go with the flow as I age

Promising myself to be better than yesterday is an easy one to pledge

But extremely hard one to achieve as it encompasses a lot

Always striving to do better, to be kinder, to be stronger

Making an effort, always to delete the negatives and enhance the positives

These are my goals for now and till the day I live

And I’ll keep on working on them irrespective of time, date, and year

A commitment given to me by me should be honored

For if I can’t fulfill a promise made to myself, who else deserves it more?


In response to; WQ- Midpoint/ Writers choice, hosted by Marsha



Sunday Poser # 135- Climate Change

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Do you believe that humans have brought about climate change or is it just false news/ hoax?

First off, I know people have strong opinions about this issue. I’d request to please keep the comments within the boundaries of decency.

Personally, I think that in the last century, especially the last 25-30 years the way we have industrialized our planet, cut down trees, and polluted the environment has had a profound effect on our climate. The temperature of the earth’s surface is steadily rising and the result is an increase in temperature or reversal of climatic conditions all over the globe. For further information

I believe that we still can improve our environment, clean up the oceans, stop using fossil fuels, and switch to renewable energy sources. It’s time to act now before it’s too late.

What are your thoughts about this issue? Do you try to act in a way so as to help the environment?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



Leave it alone

Stop doing it

Leave it alone

How many times

We have said it

Or have others say it to us

But we all have things

That once take a hold of our mind

Keep on worrying us unceasingly

And despite us telling ourselves

To let it go, leave it alone

We still keep on thinking about it

Perhaps a dose of amnesia can make us forget it?


Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “left alone.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

In response to Linda’s SoCS- Left alone



Breaking the chains

Respond to this challenge, by either using the prompt word break, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘The Chain’,


Break it


Your soul

Break the

Chains of


Bad habits

Of reliance

Trying to please

Those you love

Break them all

Free yourself

Lift the burden

Life a life free

From the

Self imposed



In response to: Thursday Inspiration #210 The Chain, hosted by Jim

Also in response to: dVerse OLN, hosted by Mish this week




When you try to overtake time

This week Reena has given us these 2 images to work with;

Setting the alarm every day

I try to overtake the morning hassle

Perhaps getting up earlier would help

Five minutes early, every morning— I try

Sometimes it happens, other days — not

A constant struggle to fit 25 hours natural rhythm

Into the 24 hours given to us for each day

Keeps us on our proverbial toes, always struggling

In trying to overtake this tick-tock, I run ragged

Maybe one day I will win this race against time


In response to; RXC #282, hosted by Reena

W3 # 57- Over the town

Over the town by : Marc Chagall

Melissa’s prompt guidelines

  • Choose one of the two paintings below and construct a poem of any form, using the artwork as inspiration and incorporating the colors shown.


In a haze of blue and green

I hold you in comfort as we soar

The glowing pink dwellings beckon

Enticing us to break our flight awhile

Regardless, we rise above those temptations

Our beings free of the earthly attractions

Leaving the sorrows and woes behind

We reach for the openness of the blue blue sky


In response to W3 # 57, prompt provided by Melissa this week and hosted by David