What are you reading?
Books draw others in. They're instant conversation starters. They're also excellent tools for the writer.
Books open you to new settings, new worlds, new characters and can spark new ideas. The more ideas you have, the more in turn you can write. It's no coincidence that some of the most prolific writers are also those that read the most.
Books tutor you in good grammar and teaching you new words. (Make sure that you're reading quality material for this to apply and not something riddled with mistakes. If you're sticking to traditionally published material, though, or well-edited self-published writers, then this will be true.) The more you read, the more you learn how to use punctuation, how to construct effective sentences and the meaning of new words. Reading is the silent teacher.
Books and book stores put things into perspective. Unless you are already published or have an agent, then chances are a lot of your writing time consists of trying to make the right connections, of landing the right agent or publisher, and of getting that book out there. Here's something to remember, when you walk into a book store, there may be several books that you find equally enticing. Chances are, though, that you won't buy them all. You'll pick one or two. This is how it is for most agents and publishers as well. It doesn't mean that your book isn't great or publishable. It simply means that they're not the right buyer for your product. Keep going. Keep trying.
This is true. But, reading also expands your identity as an adult. It is a lifelong magic that more fully paints your intellect, your empathy and your curiosity. All are important elements in being an effective writer.
Reading opens worlds of possibility. That's true for all and especially for writers.
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