Why It’s Important to Read as a Writer

I’m sure you hear that writers need to read all the time—but why? Let’s get into the details!

Input

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!

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  1. Hello BcB,

    You are so right. I tell my students you learn how to write when you know how to read. We are getting ready to do a podcast called, Why the Grey Matter Matters. It’s all about how a creative nerd or geek brain works, stays healthy, etc. You might like that. I can send you the link when it comes out on Neekology 101.

    Maybe do a blog on how creative people can get the most out of their brains or idea generation.

    Merry Christmas,

    Gary

    On Sat, Dec 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM Brain Clutter Blogs wrote:

    > brainclutterblogs posted: “I’m sure you hear that writers need to read all > the time—but why? Let’s get into the details! Input 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 s” >

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