Thursday, February 9, 2017
Writing Wednesday: The Importance of Reading
"Yes, yes, but who has the time?"
Make the time.
A good author needs to not only read widely in their own genre, to know what else is out there and what is popular with other readers, but you should also read outside your genre. If you write New Adult first person, and only read other New Adult first person, you're going to end up sounding just like everyone else.
I'm not saying you have to switch it up totally - read what you enjoy, obviously. But once in a while you need to step outside your comfort zone. Or pick up that best seller to see WHY it's a best seller.
And the "who has the time?" line? Not valid. If you don't have "time" to read, what makes you think others should make time to read your books?
Find time. Make time. Set aside reading time.
I do realize not everyone can read as quickly as I do (just being honest here, I read and absorb very fast) but in the act of reading and savoring the language, you will see what works and what doesn't and be a better writer for the effort.
Now tell us: what was the last book you read, (or are reading), the genre, and why you chose it.
And think about what I said. To be a writer, you need to ALSO be a reader.