Read. Write. Repeat.by Terry McLaughlin
All the writers I've ever met have only one thing in common: they're readers. They've always treasured books and craved the stories inside them.
As children, those future writers absorbed the way stories are told and gathered some of the elements--diction, phrasing, cadence, pacing, structure--that would later blend with educations, experiences, and personalities to produce their individual voices.
And reading helps keep those writers writing. It's not just a matter of rediscovering the universal appeal of timeless classics or staying in touch with current market trends. Like everyone else, writers sometimes need to vacation in the worlds of others' imaginations.
The only way to learn how to tell a certain kind of story is to read that kind of story--a lot. And then to write it, over and over again. Read. Write. Repeat. When the going gets tough, it's a comfort to know the bookstore shelves are full of inspiration and relaxation and reminders of how and why we writers started down our individual paths so long ago.
What was the most valuable lesson you've ever learned from your reading? A recent lesson? How does reading inspire you to write?