Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Why Writers Need to Read

Do you ever take the time to sit down and read a book?

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.  Life has become so fast that we don't bother to take the time we should just to read s. 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:

1. Classic Science Fiction: War of the Worlds By H.G. Wells

2. War: War and Peace By Leo Tolstoy

3. Romance: Persuasion By Jane Austen

4. Classic Fantasy:  The Mysterious Island By Jules Verne

5. Science Fiction: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline



6. Classic Fantasy:  The Complete Folk and Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm By Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm

7. Adventure: The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas

8. Literary: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society By Mary Ann Shaffer

9. Young Adult: The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

10. 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?

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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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