Before I begin, I want to apologize to everyone I haven’t responded to yet. I will reply to your comments. I’m a firm believer that despite how popular or well-known you become, you have to remember where you started from. I will respond to everybody ^__^
A lot of this advice you’ve probably read before, but I wanted to write a topic on the importance of reading.
As writers, we write – simple, right? Well, if your only desire is to write a story, then yeah, it’s simple. However, if your goal is to write, publish, market, and improve your craft, then no, it’s not simple. Being a writer isn’t easy, and as writers, we need always need to develop our craft.
As I stated in my last post, I am passionate about my craft – to the point where I took it too far. I reflected on my actions and saw more of the monster I had become. One of my goals is to change that – to stop feeling like a failure and push forward. How does that play an importance with reading? Well, I’ll tell you. Writers need to READ and WRITE.
(Taken from http://funnyand.com/book-reading-addiction)
Reading helps us learn different styles, ultimately helping us to find our own voice. The way one writer writes is different from another.
For example, Young Adult writers tend to have simple words and sentence structures. This is mostly due to their readers.
Adult fiction writers – depending on the level they want to write for, may have a more diverse style. Such as, Literary fiction. Literary fiction tends to be more serious, and it doesn’t focus on a fast-paced plot, while genre fiction does.
By reading, you expand your vocabulary, learn different ways to structure plots and develop your characters. I know reading has helped me in all these areas. I usually read all kinds of things – fiction, non-fiction, magazine articles, FAQ guides, and more. Like writing, reading should be another priority on our list. If you read just one genre, then you are hurting yourself. If you don’t enjoy Mystery – read it! If you don’t enjoy Horror – read it! Reading different genres will still teach you different styles.
In my book, Your Creative Writing Master Class pointed out that writer Raymond Chandler said:
The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off.
As you can see by the quote above, Raymond Chandler (a British-American novelist and screenwriter) emphasized the importance of style.
Also, another cool thing about style is you can always combine different genres later, thus forming more of your unique voice. Love for an Angel – my paranormal romance book – is a combination of paranormal, horror, and romance. I learned to mix those styles from reading different books. It may be hard, but it’s doable.
I hope today’s post taught you the importance of reading and developing your style.