Readers are snobs - no one will ever deny that. You'll find people who only read hardback. Others prefer paperback. And then eBooks hit the stage, and the printed word suffered a blow. For the longest time, I deplored eBooks. But I have to admit, they serve their purpose.
Writers are readers - that's not a big secret. And it's not going to surprise anyone that we're also critics when it comes to our favorite books. So when Hollywood destroys them, we get downright nasty. And I've settled on the perfect way to prevent my blood pressure from going sky-high (mostly).
I bounce through bookstores like a pinball on steroids. Why shouldn't I? As a reader, I don't limit myself to just "my" section. I read anything that piques my interest - ANYTHING. Which earns me strange looks from people around me because I don't "fit" the section I'm standing in. Reading shaming is a real thing, and it needs to come to an end.
Plot bunnies can come from anywhere - we know that - but I actually mean it. In just this past month, I've had three short story ideas come from a handful of words I read in books I was reading.