As a writer I’m sure you read books in the genre that you love/are writing or in a genre you are trying to read more or even a genre you don’t like and are wanting to try it out again.
No matter which one, you are still learning from those books you are reading.
It might be writing techniques or how to be able to world build or how to be able to make a characters voice strong. Those book are teaching you things you can put into your writing to not only make it better, but stronger.
For me, I find that I learn so much more from the books that I didn’t like or hated. I learn what made they strong, but as well as what I didn’t like about them so I try to do it better or I can notice what they might have done wrong and try to correct it if I write a story that might be similar in a way. I do learn from books that I love, but not as much. I do learn quite a bit about world building when reading books that I enjoyed, including characters.
There’s a reason why so many authors say to read and read and read, because you learn from those books you have read. You get to see what stories you like and what genre you enjoy.
As some who has gone to college for creative writing, even though I did learn some such while getting my degree, I found that I could have easily taught myself writing and grow as writer if I just read more of what I wanted to read and kept on writing my stories instead of being afraid with what my classmates would say. I’m not saying getting a degree in creative writing is useless, because it’s not. But realize you don’t need to have a degree in creative writing or go to school to become a better writer.
I believe there three things you need in order to be a great writer.
- Read books
- Keep writing
There might be more, but those are the only three I can list off the top of my head.
So, keep on reading.
Now, if someone asks you why you are reading a lot, answer one, because I love to read and two, because I’m learning about how to be a better writer.