Practice makes perfect, and in many ways, if you’re a writer and have been for a while, you’ve improved since the first time and you’re better now than you ever were. However, reading can up the ante on that exponentially. We all read every day in our lives, whether it be off of a phone or computer screen, in a book, or the information on the tube, road signs, and leaflets at the doctor’s office. You’re even reading right now!
Presumably, you’re here to get some tips on writing because of this, so here are a few ways reading can make you a better writer, often by improving your literacy, tone, and style.Here are a few ways reading can make you a better writer! >> Click To Tweet
It ups your creativity.
Every person who takes to using creativity in their work or their hobby life has dry periods. Whether it’s writer’s or artist’s block, or you have no idea which notes could take your next jingle to bigger and better heights, picking up a good book and taking some time for yourself to settle down with the written word can help.
If you read, you can get inspired. Plenty of expert writers are at your disposal in an instant, and you can use their techniques or styles to further your own. Even just reading a good scene or two from a perfect storyteller can give us the motivation to give it a go, and that means we need to use that energy to good effect!
You work out what makes a good writer.
When you’ve been reading for a long time, and the chances are you’ve done it since childhood, you start to work out the patterns and formulas of what makes a well-written work and what could be improved upon.
Use this analysis skill to full effect, and pick apart all of your favorite scenes so you can follow in their footsteps. There’s no harm in taking a couple of ideas and reshaping them into your own, as originality often comes from tried and tested methods given a new angle.
Even spoken word helps.
If reading isn’t your thing, or you find it a little too taxing or hard to focus on, the spoken word works just as well! You can put on an audiobook and learn some tips in no time whilst doing something else in the background, or you can even use a podcast like that of AJ Hoge’s podcast to improve your English skills first and foremost.
It’s also a great way to unwind and give your eyes a rest if you’re someone at the computer all day, furiously writing and running a blog to be proud of. Your next bestseller can wait a little longer if you’re out of ideas, or if you need to unwind and get some quick shuteye.
Take notes and have fun! There are plenty of ways to become a better writer, but you can stick it out in your own field by picking up a book or two or taking a trip to the library.
Do you read a lot? Do you think that it improves your writing? Let me know in the comments!