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Reading to Improve Your Writing 

26th September 2012 Posted in Blog, Writing 2 Comments

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The best writers are often the same people who buried their noses in books when they were younger. They were the children who continued to read more and more, finding themselves becoming lost in the magic of well-formed sentences. Even today, most prolific writers are still voracious readers, as they continue to be inspired by the stories and ideas of others.

If you’ve been feeling that your writing has lost a bit of its va-voom, then it might be time to sit yourself down in a chair to read. If you’re particularly looking for writing inspiration, here are some of the more helpful books for writers in all genres:

  • “On Writing” – Stephen King
  • “Writing Down the Bones” – Natalie Goldberg
  • “So You Want to Write” – Marge Piercy

Of course, if you’re a technical writer, you may find that reading more technical books is what gets you interested in writing again. Fiction books also have their place, even when a writer focuses on nonfiction writing.

By engaging another part of the brain in the creative ways that words can be used to tell a story, a writer can begin to see how even nonfiction pieces can be shaped in a new way.

Just because you’re writing all the time doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make time to read something too.

What’s on your reading list right now?

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2 Comments

  1. By Darice Langon 27th, September 2012 at 1:45 pm

    On writing by Steven King is amazing – a good reference for all writers. I’ve bought 4 copies so far… I keep giving copies to friends. Best of all he talks about the tools you need to have to be a better writer and explains why you need them. All of this expressed with the same clarity as that vampire that was hanging outside a window in Salem’s Lot. I would suggest all writers read it. If for no other reason, because technical writers are fiction writers also. We write about things that don’t exist. About things we hope will exist before our products are released.

  2. By editoron 28th, September 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the great comment, Darice!

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