Thursday, August 24, 2006
Why We Stop Reading--The Poll
Recently I’ve started to read a number of novels, then put them down after 80 pages or so—and didn’t pick them up again. A couple were secular authors whom I really like, but for whatever reason, these particular stories didn’t grab me.
So I got to thinkin’ . . . Why exactly did I put these books down? And what can I learn as an author from this?
All you writers our there, you’re readers, too. (At least, you’d better be.) So let’s see what we can learn together as writers from our reading habits. Please take a moment to answer these poll questions—the more who answer, the better. Answers can be short. If you want to elaborate, that’s fine too. I’ll tabulate the results, and we’ll take the discussion from there. (By the way, if you answer through “anonymous” or initials only, please note if you’re male or female.)
1. What is the number one reason you stop reading a novel? Be as specific as possible.
2. About how many pages will you give a novel before you stop reading?
3. What percentage of novels do you start and choose not to finish?
4. On the reverse—what’s the number one reason you keep reading a novel?