If you’re going to write–read

Reading gives you inspiration. Refraining from it is writing suicide–it will make your words bland.

How to Use Reading to Improve Your Writing

  • Get into the habit of reading. Read often–I would suggest at least 30 minutes a day. Log your progress and give yourself rewards.
  • Always carry a book with you. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it. Read on airplanes, long car trips, in the bathroom. Wherever.
  • Read the great authors’ works. Shakespeare. Austen. Fitzgerald. Twain. They each have their distinct style. They will teach you something new.
  • Analyze the plots, themes, characters. Why did the writer choose a certain twist? How did the writer flesh out the characters?
  • Pay attention to the sentence structure, vocabulary words, and literary devices used. How do they enhance the story?
  • Read way out of your genre. You write romance? Go read science fiction. There’s a lot you can learn from writers outside of your usual scope.
  • Enjoy reading. Don’t just read to become a better writer. Read to enjoy it.

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