Here are the reasons why writers must be voracious readers:
- Attention to detail – People who read a lot learn grammar, spelling, dialogue and more from books.
- Knowing what’s going on in your genre – Over 200,000 books are traditionally published in the U.S. in any given year. Do you know what’s out there in yours?
- Comparison titles – When it comes time to get an agent can you compare and contrast your writing within your own genre? What types of books should yours be placed beside in a bookstore?
- Gaps in the market – When the writing mood strikes and you’re reading to put pen to paper and start an outline or your first chapter, stay away from things that have been done and open your mind to what readers are still looking to find. What do you as a reader want to read that hasn’t been written before? Start there.
- Inspiration – Use reading as fuel for your own writing passions. Don’t let the success of others’ writing success cripple your own. Yes, there are a lot of books out there, but if they made it then you can too.
So do yourself a favour, get a library card and get reading!
Q: How does reading help you as a writer?