Do You Need to Read to be an Writer?

I have seen this question on Facebook, and my initial opinion is yes, you do need to read to be a good writer. How will you know how to craft a good book if you’ve never read a great book.

I was five when I read my first paperback book. Katie, and What Katie Did next. From then on my happiness when reading just grew. I could transport myself to another world with just a few sentences. I also loved Enid Blyton books; The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Twins of St Claire’s.

My husband says I have too many books, but I say to him, you can never have too many books. They are everywhere in my house, and it feels weird not to have something to read. If there isn’t something new, I will pick up a book I have read before and get the same enjoyment.

However, there are many ways you can read these days. Most books are on audio, so you can listen to a story instead. My son is currently writing a comic strip. His art work is brilliant, and unique to him. I am his unpaid ghost writer (spelling, typing and editor supreme).

He rarely reads because he is dyslexic, but knows how to weave a great story.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

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