Reading to Write
As most aspiring writers do, I myself sought out advice when I started writing my novel. I have written stories and poems my entire life, but I consider the task of writing a novel as more than a creative hobby, it’s a job, and therefore requires more dedication and discipline then merely writing for pleasure. I’ve shared several of the tips that have been gleamed from other writers and my own personal experience. My favorite by far and the most universally agreed upon suggestion is read, read, read. As writers, we all have original stories living inside our brains, but between periods of inspiration, keeping ourselves voyeurs in the creative process keeps our imaginations fresh. I myself am never without something to read be it physical book, Kindle or iPhone.
Personally I would amend this suggestion to reading within the genre of the book you are writing. I am very eclectic in my reading and devour everything from YA, suspense, romance, classic literature and your average everyday contemporary novel. If you’re reading outside of the genre you are writing in, it can make it a little harder to shift gears when you sit down in front of the computer screen to compose your own masterpiece.
So there you have it, this weeks helpful advice, it was one I was all too happy to adopt.
How has reading helped you in your writing?