Friday, August 27, 2010
Why Do We Read?
One piece of advice writers often get, I have been told by my publisher several times that to write well, we must read a LOT. Not just the genres we write, but other genres too. “For every word we write, we must read atleast a thousand and more,” she tells me. Then and only then will our words make a difference. I agree.
I have noticed that all great writers are voracious readers. No, they are not sizing up the competition, but expanding their literary horizons and improving their literary flexibility. The more we read, the more familiar we get with words and plots and story arcs.
grooms us into better writers. It adds to our
vocabulary, enhances our skills and ofcourse not just educates us, but
entertains us as well. Reading
We read not to lift ideas, or to get creatively inspired by other writers. We read books because we crave new experiences, because we want to soak in new cultures, learn about different people. We read because we love stories. We love to get involved in a fictional character’s life and worry about them.
We enjoy reading like we would enjoy a seven course meal. We savour each course ( like we savour each chapter) each course/book brings new flavours, tantalizes our taste buds, creates images in our minds, triggers memories. Some tastes/characters linger longer than others.
for us is a sensory experience. Reading
For me a day is incomplete without reading atleast a few pages of a book. I can even be accused of grumpiness if I haven’t read a book for few days. Even If I hadn’t chosen the writing path, I would still be a pilgrim on the
Reading Road. I just cannot imagine a life without my daily dose of reading. For me reading is a
form of entertainment and education that
I have chosen over other forms.
What about you all? Why do you all read books? Do you believe that it is important for us writers to read?