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Don't Forget To Read

Updated on February 3, 2010

 Being writers we write, write, and write that is our goal. Sometimes though we are so wrapped up in writing that we sometimes forget to read. If you want to be a writer reading is just as important as writing in itself. Reading is how we learn.

Unorthodox Teachers

New York Bestsellers are my teachers. Yes you can read millions of books by Authors’ Editors and Publishers, Professors that share the ins and outs and how to do’s of writing, but that is not what I am talking about. What I am talking a bout are your regular Novelist best sellers. You can read for fun and read to learn too. I may be reading for entertainment, but I am also learning by studying this person rhythm and how they write. In fact I have learned descriptive narrative from Stephanie Meyers. (I got talked into reading Twilight and I really like how she writes.) I have learned narrative types from reading Sherrilyn Kenyon. Not your typical teachers right? Life is complicated and busy and full of financial woes so what is more easier way to get educated than just by going to the library picking up a book by your favorite author, and not only read the book but study your favorite author as well. We all as writers have a certain ways we write and flow with our words. You can even learn grammar/punctuation from your favorite author by looking at their sentence structure, learn dialogue in how their characters talk.

With our words we can move to fear or move to tears. Dig down deeper and discover what your author did to move you to cry or fear, ask yourself how did they do that? Then take what you learned from that and incorporate it into yourself. I do not mean copying though which is what you can easily fall prey to. Do not copy their style of writing understand it and it’s form and how the words flow. Look at your works then look at theirs. Do you see the difference in how you can write that one sentence better and make it sizzle! That is what you take with you.



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      Pagesmith 5 years ago

      thank for that great read... you are right about reading books to help you read and understand writers sentence structure....I am following you and would you send me some tips for sentence structure.???:

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Pamela!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Janny, I love to read and this hub is a good reminder to pay attention to well written books. Good hub.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Happy you enjoyed it.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like reading very much. I also commit to my self to read although only a newspaper. I also send the reading message to my student. We get many benefit by reading regularly. we always keep our mind well. thanks for choosing good topic.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      I totally agree. Just yesterday I purchased a book because I felt it was time to catch up on my reading. Like you said, some of us can become so wrapped up in our writing that we tend to read less. So, I picked a James Patterson book and I am looking forward to it very much. Thank you for a great hub!

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Dynamic your welcome. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      JannyC, that was an excellent suggestion. I absolutely agree with you that writers or aspiring writers must be avid readers. As a child I was a book worm and of late I have reverted to being one again. I read both fiction and non fiction. I also listen to audio books when I driving. I listen for style, flow and vocabulary.

      Thanks for such short sweet and informative post.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Im right? That's a first LOL. In all seriousness though that is very good. I think life lesson are best when you actually get in there get and experience for yourself. For writing you can read all those tip and how to book and they may be all good but well why don't you just read a novel if you want to write and novel and see how the pro's did it. Thank you again.

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      Sherbet Penny 7 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

      Your totally right Janny. Like painting and decorating, mechanic, chef etc. writing is a trade. I have tons of books, mostly poetry, and I make sure I have books from every part of the continent, every style, from modern to classics. I study what I read, because I believe, to write poetry, you have to know the basics, the forms, The tools, the classics, world poetry form, I love reading and studying Asian and middle eastern poetry, and I do believe I read more than I write, hence the 8 books I just ordered of Amazon lol.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Quote for truth Quill. Thank you for that lovely comment.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Morning JannyC...reading opens the door to the writer world whom composed what is before you. Not only are you blessed with the story you are telling but there are gems hidden within for ideas you may have.

      The bestsellers list is a resource all writers need to expose themselves to as it will teach you the craft for your own style of writing which grows and grows.

      Many Blessings Miss Janny