Benefits of a Book Club

Joining a book club is one of the most effective ways to understand what readers really desire and expect from a novelist. Though, as writers, we often feel guilty for taking time away from our writing. Easiest way to solve this is to make yourself accountable by joining a book club and committing to being an active participant.


I’m a novelist who writes lesbian romance novels. I noticed a major improvement in my own writing when I joined my book club.

 

You’ll gain much as a book club member.

You’ll gain a three dimensional perspective on what is most important in a book. Some of the greatest benefits and writing lessons I’ve learned have come directly from my book club meetings.

book clubJoin a Book Club to Read More

To be a better writer, read more. Writers have doled out this advice to aspiring novelists forever. A well-read writer is someone who is better equipped to churn out words that matter to a story. The more a writer reads, the more he/she will understand the subtle nuances that get readers turning pages.

Join a Book Club to Read Stuff You Never Would’ve Read

You’ll read the good and the bad. Everyone has a different opinion on what creates that urge to flip to the next page when their eyes are tired but their curiosity says full steam ahead. You’ll be exposed to books that will take you on journeys you never imagined traveling on. You’ll read outside your comfort zone, reach higher into the nebulous world of fantasy perhaps, the intoxicating rush of a heated romance, and turn onto the fast lane of action. This will widen your perspective and grant you a front row seat to a whole new world of literature.

Join a Book Club to Gain Insight into the Minds of Readers

We’ve all said at one point, “gosh I’d love to be a fly on the wall right about now.” Well, as a writer, there is no greater gift to insight than that of gaining access to the inner workings of the reader’s mind as she pours over words crafted by a fellow novelist. To understand what readers think about characters, motives, themes, plots, is to understand what makes a great book a great book. What better clarity can a writer possess?

A book club sits you on center stage in front of your readers. The view is spectacular and eye-opening.

Wishing you all the best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

P.S. Let’s keep the conversation flowing… has joining a book club helped you become a better writer?

19 replies
  1. Freiya
    Freiya says:

    I joined a book club at my local library. Book people are just great people. It is fascinating to hear all the different perspectives on a book. As a writer, it is a regular reminder that I am not writing for myself.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Freiya! I totally agree. Book people are certainly fun people:-) I thoroughly enjoy listening to how my fellow book club members analyze characters and their motives. We discuss these characters as though they are real, breathing people. Love it!

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  2. Deone Higgs
    Deone Higgs says:

    Fantabulous idea, Suzie! I’ve never been affiliated with a book club before, but from what I understand there is one that meets here in my community. I’d be interested in seeing what they are reading these days. Since a majority of the residence here are a lot more senior in age than me, I’m almost certain it’s something I would’ve passed right on by, not giving it a second thought. Nonetheless, you bring up great pointers here. I may just have to do that! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend. Great reading you as always. 🙂 Cheers!

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thanks Deone! Oh yes, you should definitely consider joining one. They are not all created the same, so I would test out a few until you find one that feels like home:-) Cheers!

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  3. Lori Gosselin
    Lori Gosselin says:

    Hi Suzie,
    I”m a huge advocate of forming and joining book clubs! But the clubs I’ve started have become deep discussion, community-building groups. We form the clubs around one certain book and meet monthly to discuss it. For instance, so far we have done The Road Less Traveled and The Dark Side of the Light Chasers.
    The experience of being in these clubs was wonderful but this was back in time before I was writing. When I wrote my book, I included instructions for starting a book club to discuss it!
    Lori

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  4. Jon Mertz
    Jon Mertz says:

    Suzie,

    Great encouragement! Book clubs give such an opportunity to gain viewpoints, and a huge benefit is building real community through books. What better way to build relationships through a diverse group of people!

    Thanks!

    Jon

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Jon,
      Thank you:-) Book clubs indeed offer lots of encouragement. Gaining access to other viewpoints is so helpful to me as a writer. I also love the community aspect of it. Books have a way of building friendships like none other! Have a great day and thanks for chiming in:-)

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  5. Harleena Singh
    Harleena Singh says:

    Wonderful idea Suzie!

    Though I’ve never joined any Book Club but I’ve heard a lot about them and their advantages. It would indeed enhance your reading and writing skill, more so for freelance writers like us.

    Our end, we have more of libraries, which again are places where people seldom go nowadays because everything one finds online. Nevertheless, the charm of reading offline and joining such a club has it’s own charm.

    Thanks for sharing, and it’s wonderful being on your blog too. :)Happy Weekend 🙂

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Harleena! Thanks for chiming in! I agree, the charm of reading offline is refreshing. In my book club, we bring the books with us and sometimes read our favorite passages. Then, we discuss why they resonated. We sometimes take it a ateo further and try to analyze how the writer could’ve improved it even more so. This analysis is a fantastic learning tool for me as a writer:-)

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  6. MELISASource
    MELISASource says:

    Very insightful!! I had never even considered joining a book club before. I love your points here and, as much as I love reading books and exchanging thoughts and ideas with others, I think I will place joining one on my goals list for this year! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Thanks Melisa:-) I highly recommend it. The greatest benefit is in the sharing of ideas. The hardest part for me is putting aside time to read over writing. I know this is critical though, and a book club keeps me on target with it. Cheers!

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  7. Alakshendra Tripathi
    Alakshendra Tripathi says:

    Hi Suzie.. I can see that this is written with the point of view of a writer but I believe that this should be applicable on each and everyone of us. So yes….a book club is going to beneficial to one and all…

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Alak… I agree that this is applicable on all levels. We all write. We’re all tasked at points in life, whether it be a school essay, research paper, entrance essay, letter to a company or to a friend, to write something. Staring at that blank screen or piece of paper can be intimidating under any writing experience. Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Jen Marie
    Jen Marie says:

    This is like a dream of mine… I would love to join a book club. Problem is i have NO time!!! lol I am working hard at keeping things on track but today things are getting away from me.. I need a little extra time social networking and less time doing homework lol.. But I have to say once I move to a bigger city (with in the next few months) I think I might search one out.

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    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      The hardest thing for me is finding time to read. I schedule 15 minutes a day to indulge. It’s a great activity right before calling it a day! What are you studying, Jen?

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      • Jen Maire
        Jen Maire says:

        I do try bathroom time,instead of showering I take a bath first to enjoy some free time reading other than school books… I wish I could read before I go to bed but my partner has to have my attention before I go to bed so no reading. Currently I am studying business management. 🙂 I am happy to move forward in life.

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