Wisdom Of Writers: Reading Comes First

After writing the post where I mentioned why a writer needs to be a reader, I realized I’m not dedicating as much time for reading as I should. How about you? Do you spend enough time reading?

If not, Stephen King is arguing with both you and I:

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 


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Published by Lorene M.

Writing is easy… everybody writes something. But who is writing? The heart, the brain or a mix of them? Why do you write and what is it good for? I guess we have to write everything down and find out!

7 thoughts on “Wisdom Of Writers: Reading Comes First

  1. While I have tended to read philosophy and psychology over the past few decades rather than popular fiction, there comes a time when you have read enough. At that stage you live for experience not the viewsof others. If you do write, it comes solely from your own mind, influenced as it has been by looking at the views of others for decades.

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  2. I have benefitted a lot from my reading. I think the mind sub consciously transfers reading into writing. Having said that, I think it is also important to not read too much of the same thing or same type of things as that constrains one’s world view. Also, needless to say, quality of reading material matters.

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  3. While you made you argument absolute regarding if you don’t read you can’t write … i disagree completely … i think that’s just being ignorant … the first book ever written, or the first few books ever written … its like saying you can’t be creative and imagine anything … all books were written AFTER they were thought. just my two cents … people can write from their own life experiences as well and each author while may ahbe similar experiences may never have read the other and still be able to write … hence each genre has many authors and they all write differently 😀

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    1. Thank you very much for this insightful comment! I think there is a confusion between reading and reading books. I never said a writer must read books. I’m saying that for any writer to get better, he/she must read (feedbacks, critics, comments and so on). Who says that the first book was any good? If someone publishes a post, how does that person know if that post is any good of anything? How can a writer become better at writing if he/she doesn’t know how the writing is perceived by the readers? Anyone can be a writer without reading, but how many of them are in the top and why?

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