Reading Is Fundamental

When people find out I’m a published writer, they often ask for tips on getting published or honing their craft. Mostly getting published, LOL! All the same, I’m always happy to share my experiences and share what has been effective for me.

Almost without fail, people are surprised when I inform them that one of the best ways of improving one’s writing craft is by reading.

Like a musician who explores different musical genres, or a visual artist who studies different mediums, a writer should also read and study different genres as well. Reading the works of others allows you to study their prose style, to see what is effective and what doesn’t work.

This isn’t always easy seeing as most of us have busy lives and don’t have time to sit down and curl up to a good book. It’s all I can do to keep up with my writing but I have to force myself to schedule a time to read as well.

It’s essentially research.

Just yesterday in the mail I received a copy of an anthology and I read through some of the stories. While reading, I asked myself, what moved me as a reader? What techniques did the author utilize that worked for me? What techniques should I incorporate into my own writing style? Where did the author miss the mark and what mistakes should I avoid.

Research is fundamental to anyone who is serious about their craft. You get to read some extraordinary stories and improve your writing in the process.

At least, that’s what’s worked for me.

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