While how to write – in the morning, in the afternoon, at night. In a secluded place, in a coffee shop. On a laptop. On a desktop. Varies – A LOT – from writer to writer. It is generally agreed there are two ways to become a better writer, in general – write every day (or as close as possible) and read – A LOT.
There are no other steps. No certain type of pens, paper, or computer needed.
While most will agree with the first – write many question the second. In Stephen King’s On Writing: A memoir to the Craft – he says if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have to write.
Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer…. or so I think 😛
I’ve been an avid reader since childhood, and I would submit that most good (and especially great) writers could say the same. What we probably didn’t realize was that our trips into the fantasy worlds of these books were actually training us for our future careers. I’m glad I didn’t know — it might have taken a bit of the joy out of it.
Reading is the perfect escape – no jet lag, no calories, and no limits. A good book captures your imagination, compels you to read more, tells you a good story, creates wonderful characters, and builds new worlds.
But beyond reading for pleasure, a good writer also reads with an eye for the writing. Maybe not all the time, but at least some of the time. And many times that writer doesn’t even realize he’s doing it.
What we learn as readers, we use as writers. Maybe we don’t always do the best job at putting that knowledge to use, but that just takes practice. Over time, our writing becomes in some ways a compilation of all the things we’ve learned as readers, blended together in our own unique recipe.
As a writer what do you enjoy reading? And why?