I see them everywhere. I’m sure you do too.
It’s those writers who whine about how much they hate to read, how boring reading is, how it makes them sleep, and then they state something so dumb that you can’t control yourself to laugh. “But I really enjoy writing.”
I don’t think writer who hates reading can ever be a better writer. Because if you want to be a better writer, you must do 2 things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
If you hate reading then you hate writing.
Writers need to read. A lot. Book, magazine, newspaper, reports, it doesn’t matters what you read; the only thing that matters is you are reading something.
“Writer needs to eat many books, so that they can spit out some meaningful lines.”
Nothing inspires a writer more like reading someone else’s written words.
As a writer, you’ll find yourself hitting your head, staring at blank screen when you aren’t reading. You’ll run out of thoughts, ideas and words, if you’re not holding something to read daily.
This is important step to become a better writer. But still many writers don’t give importance to reading.
“Book is best medicine for writer. Reading is best exercise for writer.”
I learn from reading
Even if you are talented at writing from the get-go, you need to master different writing styles, techniques, formats, oh my god, what are you missing by not reading? If you are talented, and you learn from the best, imagine how much greater you’ll be.
For instance, I play with words. I play a lot. I learned about this idea from one of my favorite book, On Writing Well. Try it out, create a purposeful sentence fragment, and play with commas. If readers like it, they will enjoy it. Usually I learned this by reading.
Everything Is Copied
I once learned something from a book I read. Every story, character, message, idea, everything has been slightly copied from something else. Even if you think that you are totally original. Twilight? Vampires, wolfs. Where does the idea of writing twilight come from?
It comes from our post, grandma stories. And copying from past is not bad. Every book you open going to have something copied into it. So, it means that we are free to copy from past source. It will make you look more knowledgeable, and it can really shine your writing.
Find your love of reading
Do you remember the first book you ever read, loved, perhaps one that touched your heart and makes you feel like reading it again and again? Or the first book you bought with your money to read?
Think about those books, you’ve read. Think about how they affected your life, how they helped you to grow, just think about the memories you have for all those books, and you will realize reading helps you to become what you wanted to be, helps you to write with more clarity.
I’m sure there isn’t any writer, dead or alive, who hasn’t been transformed by reading. But the question is, when was the last time you hold a book in your hand to read? Today, yesterday, a week ago, a month ago or a year ago.
I believe that writers need to be good readers before being a good writer. And I think I’m correct.
You’ve to love books, to love your writing. Simple as that.
Read like a writer
Once you made decision, you going to love books. Then make sure you read books like writer, because this is completely different reading. Instead of losing yourself into story, walk one step ahead and think how the author keeps story enthralled.
Remember writers not only read with books, they read with pen, a notebook and a book.
As you read take notes. Write the ideas you get, write any word you like; jot down everything from book that you think can help you. Try to extract as much as you can from the book.
In the end ask yourself what you learned from this book, and write your lessons down.
My Final Words
I’ve lot to read, lot to learn. I’m not a master by any means; I know I’ve to grow; I’ve to practice a ton more on my writing if I wanted to be considered good. And it all comes from reading, learning, experience, listening, from other writers and friends.
So, I’ve to read. I’ve to grow.
Reading opens up your mind. It makes you think. And it’s one of the best things that you can do with your little brain.
What you think reading is important or not? Share your opinions in comments.