I completely agree with Stephen King’s words. It’s important for writers to read a lot, not just in the genre that we write but also other books that pique our interest. One of the best ways we can hone our skill is by reading.
familiarizes us with different styles of writing, plots, characters, and how
other writers use dialogues effectively. Good books are of course great
teachers who teach us how to write well. Reading
in one’s own genre is advantageous as it makes us aware of what kinds of books
are currently selling. Reading
I hate to use the words bad books, so I will just say that books that are not all that great too teach us by highlighting the shortcomings of that particular story, by making us aware of the faults in the story: weak characterization and plots with large holes in it. We know what to avoid in our own writing, we know what can bore readers and turn off editors and agents.
The best way to put all that we have learnt while reading into practice is by writing like there is no tomorrow. As we write more and more, we do tend to get better and better. Our critiquing abilities are sharpened when we read lots of books.
I seriously don’t understand when some writers tell me that they just don’t have the time to read. It’s like an athlete saying that he doesn’t have time to practice. It’s our passion for reading that propelled us into writing.
I just finished Amish Tripathi’s Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy: The Immortals of Meluha. I have just started Book 2: The Secret of the Nagas.
What kind of books do you all read? Is your reading restricted to your genre or do you read all kinds of books? What are you all currently reading?