When I say read, I mean anything from a book to a newspaper.
Do you even have a reading habit?
Why Writers Need to Read
I always try to read something even if it's just a newspaper. In this digital age, I think we've lost the art of sitting down and reading a book, because life has become so fast. I'm as guilty as anyone for not reading enough.
When you're writing you'll find it even harder to write blog posts if you're not challenging yourself with some form of reading material.
Why All Good Writers Read
You need to read if you want to be a good writer. You'll gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the art of language and the way it has been created.
Inspiration for many writers, comes from reading other great writers work.
See below 10 books every writer should read:
Classic Science Fiction: War of the Worlds By H.G. Wells
War: War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy
Romance: Persuasion By Jane Austen
Classic Fantasy: The Mysterious Island By Jules Verne
Science Fiction: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Classic Fantasy: The Complete Folk and Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm By Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm
Adventure: The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Literary: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society By Mary Ann Shaffer
Young Adult: The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
Mystery: The A. B. C. Murders By Agatha Christie
What Reading Does for Your Writing
People love reading to find out the ending of a story, but you don't always need to think that way about reading a book. You can read to garner fresh ideas, discover new words, or just to know why you started writing in the first place.
Here are some points to consider when you read:
Reading Sparks Inspiration
Reading is the best source for gathering ideas.
Reading Enlightens Your Pathway
You get a greater understanding about what you're writing about when you know the possibilities of language, and where it can take you.
Ask yourself the next time you're reading a book, what was the writer trying to say when they wrote this book?
Reading Helps You Appreciate Other Authors
You don't need to know a writer personally to appreciate their work, reading helps you understand their struggles, and tribulations, giving you a greater respect for the craft.
All It Takes
Take the time to put 15 minutes aside to read something, whether it's a book, newspaper, or magazine and start your reading habit today!
Tell me your thoughts in the comments below on how long you spend reading, or books you've enjoyed reading this year.
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