IF YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER YOU MUST FIRST BECOME A READER By Mary walker baron
It’s really that simple. Read what you want to write. Do you want to write self-help books? Then read all the self-help books you can find. Do you want to write novels? Become a voracious reader of novels. Choose your genre. Mystery. Historical Fiction. Adventure. Romance. There are hundreds from which to choose.
The amazingly prolific Stephen King, in his book On Writing, has this to say about the importance of writers needing to be voracious readers: “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written, but I know it’s true. If I had a nickel for every person who ever told me he/she wanted to become a writer but “didn’t have time to read,” I could buy myself a pretty good steak dinner. Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.”