“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
Let's be honest: writing is tough. It takes focus, discipline and a lot of self-criticism. There is always room for improvement. If you are serious about improving the quality of your writing, try this: start reading.
Sure, you could invest in writing courses, seminars or online instruction. And many of these are worth it. But reading, and I mean reading anything you can get your hands on, will have a real and lasting effect on your writing skills.
Strong readers are strong writers. Read novels, and you learn how to write dialogue, develop characters and plot lines. Read magazines, and you learn how to write an effective interview or personal profile. Read newspapers, and you learn how to extract and report the most crucial elements of a story. You get the idea.
Just as Stephen King, one of the world's most successful writers, advises, make the time to read. It will make you a better writer.
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Melanie is a Colorado-based copywriter/editor who loves everything about writing style, grammar and the English language.