Ever thought that you can just sit at a computer and just write? You may be surprised to hear that writers need to read as well as write! This is the best way to become a great writer.
I’ve read blog posts in the past and clicked away from them in seconds, and not because they weren’t interesting. They possibly were but the writing was so bad (bad grammar, spelling, attention to detail) that I just couldn’t stay on the page.
I’ve read novels with the odd typo and I can deal with that but not a 500 word blog post that hardly has a correctly-spelled word!
Now before you jump down my throat for telling you to read, I don’t mean you have to read through a 600 page novel every single week. I don’t have time for that! I mean you have to spend time reading content on other’s blogs, in magazines, and in shorter books.
Writers Need to Read!
As a writer, you really need to read!
If you’re not a fan of the classics (I’m definitely of a fan of some) that’s not a problem. As I said, read a magazine or a blog post by someone you follow. Read a news article (just avoid the trashy tabloids!) or pick up a non-fictional book.
Reading helps to challenge you as a writer. You will learn more about the English language (or the language that you write in) and it will help fuel more and more ideas.
Without reading, you will just end up hitting roadblocks. You will never become the great writer that you’ve dreamt of becoming. You will never become the best-selling author or the famous blogger in your niche.
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You Don’t Need to Finish a Book!
Writers need to read but that doesn’t mean you need to finish a book or article. The importance is to read the words and the works of others. It helps you build a new passion for writing so you can create the masterpieces that you have always wanted to.
Don’t read with the goal to complete the book. The point is to study the language and learn from it. Challenge yourself even if you only read the first few chapters of a book or the first half of a magazine article.
By the way, I have three books that I’ve not finished reading at the moment: a fictional book, a non-fictional book, and a short story on my phone!
Find Out What Others Are Reading
Writers need to read so that they can find out what is popular at the moment. This is a great way to find out more about your target audience and your competition within your niche.
You can also checkout the posts that other writers recommend that you read. This could be about a recent change in internet marketing, how to use social media, or even about writing for money. This not only gives you more ideas for posts, it will also make your work better so you can make money online.
Writers need to read as well as write. This is the only way you will become a better writer. Don’t let your posts become stale! Encourage people to share by creating something that they want to read!
What are you currently reading? Share in the comments below and let others find something interesting.
Note: This blog post was published on June 25, 2013. It was updated on June 15, 2017.