Read, Read, Read.
Reading gives writers a basis of comparison. How we rate ourselves and other writers is based on our reading experience. A well-read writer will have:
· Familiarity with classics
· Familiarity with other writers in the their genre
· Familiarity with several other genres
Familiarity with classics gives society a base or standard from which to relate. Point of reference to greater works offers a bridge to multi-generational communication. Classic thought within new stories reinforces culture.
Familiarity within your genre gives directions, options or thoughts for future stories that blends with the knowledge base of the genre’s audience. Specific readership knows what is plausible within the forms, accepted as basic belief structure and what created expectations should come next sequentially. Writers cross their core readership at their own peril.
Familiarity with several other genres adds to the writer’s depth of experience providing new ideas for the writer’s mind to assimilate into their writing. To become an expert takes time, experience and lots of reading.
Want to become a writer? Begin by reading.
What are you reading?