It sounds so cliché to say writers need to read more. It sounds even worse when you write it down. If you’re serious about writing, there should be no doubt in your mind that to be a better writer, the number two thing to do is to read. A lot. Number one, of course, is to write.
It makes my skin crawl when I hear aspiring writers say they don’t read. If you’re serious about honing your craft, you should be reading everything you can get your hands on. If you’re still not convinced, check out my list of 6 Reasons Why Writers Need to Read More.
6 Reasons Why Writers Need to Read More
Reading Enhances Brain Connectivity and Improves Brain Function
Fact. A study done by Emory University, “Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain,” was published in the journal Brain Connectivity about how reading affects you. Literally, scientists discovered that not only does our brain chemistry change when reading, but there’s evidence to suggest reading may cause persistent changes to how we are wired.
This allows us to use our imagination, empathize, create, wonder and question.
The only way to be a better writer is to effectively transform your words into other worlds that people can soak up. Get reading, then get writing.
Ever read something so good, you felt like picking up a pen and scribbling on the nearest surface? Reading provides inspiration.
Shapes You into the Writer You Want to be
Reading allows you to figure out what kind of author you want to be. I got my push to seriously start writing when I realized no one was telling the stories I wanted to hear.
Helps You Overcome Self-Doubt
There is no other profession that can fill you with such a sense of accomplishment and such a sense of despair as writing. Reading to analyze can help you to see how the industry giants have done it. What’s their formula? How do they keep you hooked? What’s the thing that drew everyone to this book? Answering these questions can help you understand the building blocks of creating a bestseller. Just Google the articles on how J.K. Rowling plotted and planned The Harry Potter books, one of the best selling series of all time.
Improves Your Story Telling Skills
Hearing other people tell stories always makes you a better storyteller. You can see what works with an audience, and more importantly, what doesn’t. You can borrow, change, embellish, downplay or completely flip something you’ve already seen and make it better.
Grows Your Appreciation for a Good Story
When you’re well read, you can identify a good story – not just because it was well written, but because of the choices the author made. You in turn can push your character further; make your world building more robust and your plot more engaging.
What have you read lately?