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Writing Tip: Read!

Read? But we are writers, we write!

Yes, but we should also be READING.

A large part of what we do is based on what we know, what we have experienced, and what we have read. Let’s be honest, most writers are also reading enthusiasts. Reading and writing often goes hand in hand. Through reading we come to learn about this wonderful world of writing.

At one point in your life, a certain book or series truly inspired you. You decided, you wanted to write something like that, you wouldn’t to create worlds and characters that touched not only your heart but the hearts of others. That’s because reading inspires and encourages. For me, my writing is inspired by hundreds of books such as Harry Potter, Eragon, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, etc. These books and their authors have encouraged me to become the best author I can be. Reading also connects us to others, whether they are fictional characters or real people who share the same interests.

In order to be a successful writer, you want to be a frequent reader. Now of course, you have deadlines to meet and reading every day may not be possible, but in your writing journey don’t forget or underestimate the power of reading.

Reading can be inspirational.
Reading can be an escape.
Reading can be an adventure.
Reading can be a connection with others.
Reading can encourage.
Reading can be comforting.

What else, in your experience, can reading be?

In the comment be sure to answer, “reading can be ______________.”

Happy Writing (and reading) Everyone!

 

Spotlight:

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Lloyd Chudley Alexander was an American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults. His most famous work is The Chronicles of Prydain, a series of fantasy novels whose conclusion, The High King, was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal for excellence.

A successful author of more than 30 publications, Lloyd enjoyed reading Shakespeare, Dickens and Mark Twain. He asserts that King Arthur is his favorite hero. If Lloyd Alexander can find the time to read and places so much importance on it, we should too.

Happy Writing (and Reading!) Everybody!

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45 thoughts on “Writing Tip: Read!”

  1. I agree, reading is really a fundamental aspect of writing might I say in communication as well. You are able to expand your vocabulary gain new insight. I use to love reading, then I got lazy, then I wanted to start reading again because my brain was inactive but I don’t know where to begin, what to begin reading… hmph…any suggestions…?

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      1. a little bit of everything, right now I feel like i’ve plateaued actually, I want to know about stuff…Ive started trying to read my text books again… haha… I feel like I need to know real stuff you know…

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  2. Yes! I’ve met my share of writers that believe they don’t have to read to write, and they baffle me. I cannot imagine doing one with the other. They’re partners.

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  3. I’m glad to see you post a segment about Lloyd Alexander. He is a very underrated fantasy author. If I may be so bold, his Chronicles of Prydain are just as good as Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. In terms of fantasy, I would say that J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, and Lloyd Alexander are some of the biggest influences on my writing.

    It’s also important to read because good writing is a craft. Just as artists learn from the past artists, whether they be from the Renaissance, the age of Impressionism, or Japanese woodblocks, and musicians have to learn from the classical music artists and others, writers have to learn the craft of writing from great literary writers. Reading is not only fun but educational. It can teach us how to write a story without us even realizing it. Truly, a good author that a writer enjoys is also a good mentor and instructor.

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    1. Quite a bold statement! Your comment has got me wanting to read the Chronicles of Prydain!

      You are SO right. Every book that came before us, every author, is a learning opportunity of what to do, what not to do, what we like and dislike, etc.

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