Writers should read and read a lot. And we should read many different kinds of writing.
One of the fun things about reading is when something in a story, article, essay or poem strikes a spark within, and with careful tending can become a new story for me. It can be as simple as one sentence or the entire premise of the piece I’ve read.
I will be reading and suddenly something resonates. Something that touches me. Then I’m thinking about that one thing and how I can reshape it to my own form.
Or sometimes I’ll read a story and feel it isn’t going at all the way I want it to go and find the need to rewrite it my way.
Even reading market guidelines and what they are looking for can be inspiring. Ideas for certain topics can launch ideas.
When I’m in a phase of not feeling inspired to come up with a new story, reading usually does the trick.
I’d write more about this, but I have a couple of new ideas begging for my attention!
- Reading: Why will it help you write? (natashamcneely.wordpress.com)