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redheart52
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If you had to choose...

If you had to choose between reading or writing what would you pick?

 

 

 

I would pick writing because it allows me to be creative. What about you? I am just curious.

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twilight_fanatic_01
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Re: If you had to choose...

Writing! No competition there. Though I love reading, to me, it's merely a pastime, a hobby. Writing, for me, is a passion--something I couldn't bear to live without. I love creating my own scenarios and worlds using words. Simply can't live without it.

 

"Even Supergirl has her kryptonite."

-A quote by moi

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WritingRampant
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Re: If you had to choose...

That's definitely a tough choice. I love both. But I think I like learning just a little bit more and there is no better way to learn than to READ!!
When you get to the pearly gates and St. Peter asks you for one word to describe yourself, whats it going to be?
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birdsongDS
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Re: If you had to choose...

Very simple question but one I have never been asked. I love to read and it allows me to dream and be absorbed into the writing. But to write is a cleansing of the soul. It is almost an unconcious effort to express myself to others. I have to vote for writing.
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Silvermist24
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Re: If you had to choose...

I can't choose!
Baby you can drive my car,
Yes I'm gonna be a star,
Baby you can drive my car,
And Baby I love you,
Beep Beep, Beep Beep, Yea!
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Selber44
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Re: If you had to choose...

I actually don't think I could do one without the other. 
"Trying to create a world, even in words, is good occupational theory for lunatics who think they're Gods and an excellent argument for polytheism."
SM Stirling
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simple_girl
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Re: If you had to choose...

I don't think that I conciously choose one over the other, however, I tend to find that I have more time to read then write. That is due to the fact that writing takes a whole process and creative inspiration which, I don't always have the time for. Reading I can do on my commute more easily. When writing I get distracted by surrounding noises and motion. I need a quite place for it.

 

 

If I had to choose....mmmm....I need them both equally so it is impossible to say. I just do one or the other when time allows it and when feeling draws me in one direction. Reading is an escape but so is writing. I get equal positive results from both.

"It is not what we say or feel that makes us what we are. It is what we do or fail to do."
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Silvermist24
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Re: If you had to choose...

IK what you mean.
Baby you can drive my car,
Yes I'm gonna be a star,
Baby you can drive my car,
And Baby I love you,
Beep Beep, Beep Beep, Yea!
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Luna93
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Re: If you had to choose...

Well i just started writing but i love it. you kinda get to be creative and it doesn't matter what you write about. :smileyhappy:
All I want is for you to be happy
And take this moment and make you my family
And finally you have found someone perfect
Finally you have found
~RHCP
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Re: If you had to choose...

i couldn't live without the other.
You always get your happy ending
If you're not happy...then it's not the end
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marilynpsychic
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Re: If you had to choose...

As much as I love to write, I would have to pick reading first.  Without reading, I'd have little information on the world, beyond my senses and observation.  Once I've read enough, and realize I have things to say that I've not seen in print, then I can write.  Whether fiction (for my amusement, initially) or non-fiction (and I do write comments to articles in the on-line newspapers I subscribe to).
"I'm a writer. I give the truth scope." Chaucer (character) in movie "A Knight's Tale"
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bookwormSV
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Re: If you had to choose...

I agree with Selber, I don't think i could one without the other!:smileyhappy:

 

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