I’ve always liked Stephen King’s advice, If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write.It’s as simple as that.
In my post, I describe the 7 benefits of reading and share 5 tips for making the most out of your reading time.
As Stephen King wrote, and countless other successful authors have stressed, reading prepares you for writing.
Reading sensitizes you to appreciate the flow of a well-written piece. Reading also inspires you to take a fresh look at your writing and strive to make it better.
In addition to his numerous fiction books, Stephen King has also written one of the most personal and lesson-filled advice books for authors, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.
I’ve owned every edition of On Writing, and shared dozens of copies over the years. I especially recommend the chapter recounting the publication of Carrie, his first book. The story of his later accident, when he was run over while hiking, is equally compelling.
After reading my Reading and Personal Branding Success blog post, let me know what you think–especially if you can suggest additional benefits of reading, or have additional tips for making the most of your reading time. Likewise, if you’re a fan of On Writing, share your impressions as comments, below.