Reading like a Writer

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by Sabine Berlin

If you’re a writer, chances are you have probably asked the age-old question: What is the best thing I can do for my writing? The answer is almost always the same: write and read—sometimes in that order, sometimes not, but if you want to become a writer you should always do these two things every day! A lot of people understand the writing part. Of course you have to write if you want to be a writer. But what about reading? Why should you read? What should you read? How should you read? Here are a few basics to help you read like a writer.

Why you should read? One of my favorite quotes by Stephen King says:

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. Simple as that.”

As writers, we need to read. We need to soak in the written word, letting it fill us with thoughts and questions. We need to read so we can learn how other writers write. We need to read to understand the difference between writing and storytelling. We need to read to remind us why we want to write. And most importantly, we need to read for inspiration. [Read more...]