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Writing Tips: Writers Are Readers Too!

Submitted by on August 16, 2009 – 16:28One Comment

People often have the impression that writers write and readers read. Yet many are still surprised when they step into a writer’s workspace and all they see are books sitting on tables, shelves, cabinets, and many more laying on the couch and floor. The number of reading materials outbeats even a bookworm who owns a personal library. Why? Because their impression is wrong to begin with; because writers read too and we read much more than anyone else in the world. Or at least I do.

My passion for storytelling begins with my love affair with books. The first collection was Peter and Jane books. Then it was Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Babysisters’ Club, Charmed and a series of local Malay novels. It was an affair that burnt a hole in my teenage pocket. There was always a new book on my shelf every week and it drove my parents up the wall because both of them do not enjoy reading at all. Mom could hardly finish a chapter of any books within a year’s time and Dad hardly touches any books. It’s no surprise that both of them were constantly enraged when I read at the dining table while waiting for the meals to be served.

Somewhere between irritating my parents with my reading during shopping sprees and in the car, I picked up a storytelling style that strongly enhanced my essays at high school. My stories began attracting attention of English teachers and I fell in love with writing assignments. However, as time passed by, I realised that my writing style was being influenced by the current book which I was reading. If I was reading a chic lit story, my writing was light and easy. If I was reading a detective story, my writing was detailed and precise. And it was hard to write a comedy when I was reading English literature.

That’s why writers read; to be exposed to various crafting style and writing process so that we can discover a style of our own. The more we read, the more our subconscious mind absorbs, the more refined our writing style will be. And sometimes, when we are facing writer’s block, reading a book of the same writing style helps to inspire and open us up from within. Subconsciously, reading what others have written feeds our writer soul.

If you are an aspired writer, expand your horizons by reading more. There is no good or bad writing; there’s only educating ones. Each writer has a story to tell in his/her own way. Honour the writings of your fellow writers by reading and deciphering their masterpieces. You will realise the limitless learning available for you to grow as a writer. Happy reading!

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2007

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