Reading: Why I Love to Write, Part 5

I love to write because (not that I need a reason), writing is a good reason to read …

…widely,

… deeply,

… outside my comfort zone,

… alone, on a bus, in a cafe, every day, several times a day, upon waking and before going to bed.

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For me, a world without books is a night sky without stars.

It’s been said before, but a writer who doesn’t read is like a cello player who refuses to practice. There is little point in picking up the bow that is a writer’s instrument, a pen, unless the hand that grips the pen (or plies the keyboard) has a book close by. If you want to write, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to avoid reading books because books will ‘influence you’, or because you may unconsciously ‘copy’ the author’s voice or style. Books, plays and poems are your teachers, even poorly constructed, banal books will teach you something valuable; what not to do. This means you must read critically, mindfully, analytically but also with abandon.

This is the final blog on this topic. A friend told me last night he was pleased I acknowledged the positive side of writing. Our world seems, lately, to strain under the weight of negativity. We know things could be better and many of us seek a path through and around our despondency. May your path be strewn with books, may it be a paper trail at the end of which is a fountain spilling over with your lovingly collected, collated and celebrated words.

Happy Writing

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You are welcome to share: What was your happiest writing experience?

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Reading: Why I Love to Write, Part 5

  1. May your path be strewn with books, may it be a paper trail at the end of which is a fountain spilling over with your lovingly collected, collated and celebrated words. What a beautiful, beautiful blessing!!! May I copy that into my quote book??? 😀 See! I told you your writing was lyrical. 😉

    My happiest writing experience is when I’m “building” Sea Jade. It’s MY world, I can do what I want, have the conversations and relationships I want, etc. I have no outline for that story, I’m just winging it and it feels very freeing. 🙂

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    1. You may indeed! I believe ‘Sea Jade’ needs a space of its own … once you’re fully recovered a blog or even better a book!
      Now, I hope you’re resting my friend, not wearing yourself out. x

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  2. Nice little series. Reading *is* essencial to writing, and I should be sitting down with a good book more often. I read a lot of flash fiction, though, which is great for learning how to set up a story, but novels goes deeper. I love the books and stars sentence.

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