Got time to write? Then you’ve got time to read.
Writers are busy people. And when people are busy, it’s perfectly understandable that certain things be allowed to slide. I myself tend to neglect this blog when pressed for time, as was the case towards the end of last year, and if I’m really busy then I might even stop writing fiction for a while. Writing, after all, is just a hobby for me…much as I wish it could be more, at times.
But one thing I never stop doing, if I can possibly help it at all, is reading. Because, really, reading is at least as important to writers and writing itself. Without reading others’ work, how could a writer possibly know how to write good fiction? Or how not to, as the case may be? And how. I ask, can you ever be original without a firm grasp at what has been done?
In fact, I’d go as far as to say the following: if you’re a writer who never finds time to read, then something somewhere has gone horribly wrong.
But hey, don’t take my word for it. At the end of the day, I’m just single unpublished newbie writer among tens of thousands. Why not take Stephen King’s word for it, instead? I reckon it’s safe to say a guy like him knows what he’s talking about. He has written the odd book, after all.
Not to mention, I find reading to be an excellent way wind down at the end of the day – something that’s especially important when things are getting busy. What better way to relax at in the evening than with a good book, eh? I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly struggling to think of one.
Agree? Disagree? Any thoughts to add? Feel free to share down below.