Reading

A lot of writers I know talk about how important it is to read. We don’t always make distinctions on whether it should be good or bad pieces, or in our genre or not.

One of my friends started a goal to read a book in print every day. Then it started catching, and we’re all trying to remember that reading is a great way to learn. It isn’t just about emulating an author – we all have our own styles. It’s also about being inspired to be better, and keeping an example around to remind us what we’re working toward. It just makes sense, because books are what led us to want to be writers anyway.

I’ve read there is a time where it isn’t the best idea to be reading, but it’s only during a certain time period when writing a novel. The point was not to get discouraged because someone else wrote something better (that’s always going to happen) and not to give up. I think everyone who’s attempted a novel knows that point, and if reading changes how you feel at that point you should definitely give it up for a time.

Sometimes, however, I feel we get too wrapped up in our own stuff and forget to read the other things out there. How do we stay in touch with our target audience if we don’t know what else they’re reading?

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1 Comment

  1. Jamie said,

    25 March 2009 at 09:27

    I don’t read as much as I should, but I am always reading something, be it a novel or a short story. I don’t have the time to read a book a day. Even if I did I would probably end up devoting that extra time to writing.

    I read an interview with John Grisham and he says when he is writing he doesn’t read at all. He doesn’t want it to influence his own writing. I think I know where he is coming from but I don’t follow his lead.


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