Reading the works of other talented authors serves to sharpen your own writing style, your storytelling ability, and your grasp of the language. I get inspiration and satisfaction from reading an eclectic mixture of materials, including those in the same genres in which I write. Not only does reading feed my soul, it also builds my intellect and boosts my skills.
So why should you read?
- Read for fun! As you read just for the sake of reading, you will subconsciously notice innuendos, twists in the tale, or attention-grabbing prose that will help sharpen your own writing style.
- Read for sheer enjoyment and entertainment. There is pleasure, relaxation, humor, suspense, drama, revelation, knowledge, and so much more to be found on the pages of a good book. Let reading become your preferred form of entertainment.
I agree with Charles W. Eliot who said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”