When I became serious about writing a few years ago, I would read a book maybe once or twice a year. Last year alone, I devoured about fifty novels and novellas, read over a hundred short stories and poems, countless posts and newsletters. I have become consumed with reading. To the point I watch very little TV and hide from social contact at times.
Why this change? Because, as any author worth their salt will tell you, to be a better writer, you have to read! Especially in the genre you write in. I read mainly horror, but also some sci-fi and fantasy, especially if it crosses into the horror realm.
By doing this, I feel, my writing has grown. I read things I’ve written in the past and see how much has changed. Not only in the way I construct sentences and grammar, but also in the way I develop plot and structure.
You may be thinking, how does one keep a book in their hands constantly? You have to complete chores, right? A simple answer is, be creative. With technology today, it’s so easy to stream audiobooks and download ebooks, that listening or reading is always a click away. The cool thing is, with a library card, much if it is free. Now for the latest titles you may have to pay for a service like Audible. But if you are wanting to get started in the world of audiobooks, your local library is where is the place.
I now read while I’m walking, driving, sitting in the toilet, just before bed, and so on. Obviously, as a writer, this is beneficial to building my career, but I do enjoy it also.
My next post will focus more on the creative energy behind writing and drawing.