Reading–The Food For Writers!

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

                                                                                  Stephen King

 

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“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

                                                                   William Faulkner

 

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“We live for books.”   Umberto Eco

 

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“Reading is the one essential food needed for writers. Without reading, our writing imaginations will starve.”

                                                                        Charles F. French

35 thoughts on “Reading–The Food For Writers!

  1. These quotes/ideas can be applied to all aspects of the (he)arts IMHO. But what’s nice is that you writers are able to put those ideas into easily quotable directives!
    Thank you!
    ps-I do like the subtle endorsement of your ‘cookbook’ in relation to reading as essential **food** – your expression speaks volumes as well!

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  2. Yes, yes, YES! There are all sorts of techniques that can be taught, but no teacher, no matter how dedicated, can teach a would-be writer to write ‘well’. Perfect punctuation, grammar and sentence structure mean nothing if the story is cliched, or formulaic, or boring, or simply lacks ‘soul’. Those are value judgements, and it takes a lifetime of reading to know instinctively what’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’. That knowledge is key to finding our own, unique storytelling voices.

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