I’m sure you hear that writers need to read all the time—but why? Let’s get into the details!
You can’t have good output without any good input. You won’t be able to write well if you don’t read well! Reading shows you how to form sentences, how stories are structured, how characters develop, what tropes and cliches exist currently, and so much more. Reading gives you the tools you need to write, by both teaching you things and widening your imagination and perspective.
Passion for the Craft
If you’re really a passionate writer, than your love of words should be enough to keep you reading. I’m no expert, but I don’t think many people can write an amazing story if they don’t love stories themselves. Stories we love are what inspire us to write our own, at least for me they are. A writer needs that overwhelming desire to absorb and learn more in their field, to have a true passion for their craft. I love the idea that OUTLIERS might be somebody’s favourite book one day, because I know the feeling of being so awestruck by a book, and that’s a huge drive for me. I know books can change people, can shape them, open their minds, make them laugh or cry, because I’ve experienced them—and that’s a really important experience to have.
Support Other Authors
Another great thing about reading is that you can offer your support to other authors. It’s not good to only take support—by reading other authors work and doing things like reviewing, you can give back to the writing community.
In short, reading helps a writer to learn, become passionate about their work, and support other writers.
What are some other great things about reading? What inspired your love of reading?
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With all this in mind, happy reading!