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On Writing | 6 Reasons Why Reading Is Essential For Writers


I’m sure you all have heard that in order to progress as a writer you must read. You might think that it isn’t as nessecary as everyone makes it out to be, but I can assure you that it one of the best things you can do to improve your craft. 

Why reading is such an important part of being a writer goes much further than you might think. Here are some key point to keep in mind of why it is so important. 

  • You are exposed to many different genres
  • You are exposed to many different styles of writing
  • Say you wanted to write a book but didn’t know exactly how, you can get ideas from the way other authors have written similar topics
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can widen your vocabulary 
  • You can find popular tropes within your niche

Those are just six examples of why reading is important to us writers, but the list goes on and on. There are so many benefits to it. 

Speaking from experience I feel like reading has genuinely helped me better my writing skills. If you follow me on here quite regularly then you know I read a lot of different books. I think that’s another key factor. If you read “easy” books, or those within your comfort zone, it is harder for you to grow. 

I hope that some of you found that this post helped you in some way. If it has let me know! I love connecting with fellow writers. 

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Book Review | Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

Genre: How To // Self-Help

Series: No
Synopsis:

My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.
Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.
Where You Can Find It:

Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Review:

Usually I’m not one to read how to books, but I was browsing through the free section. I though why not give it a go, right?

I think that Foster offers up a lot of information on the way he does things, and I didn’t really have a problem with that. I didn’t feel that his opinions were being forced upon me as I read the book. It was more like he was offering up info, tips and tricks that worked for him ignorer for someone else to use at their leisure.

Is this a book for everyone?

No I don’t believe so. This is more geared towards the novella, short story, or serial writer. If you write anything above 35k words, then the approach that Foster takes might not work as well for you. However I do believe that new writers, regardless of the length of their works, could very well benefit from taking a look at this.

There are two reasons why I gave this a 4 out of 5 star rating. One was that while it was good to hear someone else’s perspective on how they view writing, Foster’s view really didn’t apply to me. While I do occasionally write short stories, my main focus lays with novels that range from 50k-100k words long. The second reason was one that really just because I hate when self-published authors do it. “It” being that the author published multiple versions of the same book under slightly different titles, as well as stuffed the titles with key words. I just personally find it unprofessional to do that.

Alright guys, those are my thoughts on this book. Have any of you read it? Are you planning on giving it a go? Also, because I’m curious, if you too are a writer what do you write?(Novels, short stories, etc.)

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