Writers: Read more than you write. An avid reader can certainly be a wonderful writer because reading not only teases the brain but also reinforces the urge to write and write beautifully. Every famous writer will tell you the same thing. I do not read every book, however, but there are some I consider my favorites, and they will forever be part of my collection.
Remember this, writers love reading, and those, who do not, will struggle a lot. There is something I always share with my audience in public forums, and I feel it is important to make it an integral part of this conversation. If you plan on becoming a serious writer, you must make yourself familiar with the world of publishing, especially the landscape of your specific field, whether it is fantasy, historical fiction, literary fiction, short stories etc. “Nothing encourages good writing like reading good writing,” a colleague of mine once said.
A good read is one that traps the reader from the get-go, one with a punchy opening, intriguing in all its form. Your opening sentence or paragraph should inspire the reader to continue, maybe by making him laugh, heightening his inquisitiveness, exciting or energizing him to keep turning the pages. So, my friends, while you are focusing on finishing this manuscript, you MUST not ignore reading. Like fighting a two-pronged battle, reading and writing are intertwined—both need each other.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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