One of the biggest tips I have ever heard about writing is that you need read. Reading gives you inspiration, guides, and it even will influence your style. Reading helps to expand your vocabulary and gives you a world of inspiration. Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind explains that reading, in general, makes you smarter and keeps your brain firing as you age.
Reading reduces stress and increases your memory, who doesn't want that? Writing for some is easy work. We write daily because we need to get those words out of our heads. But reading is also a habit that good writers need to keep up with. Reading is an active mental process that allows you to access parts of your brain that computers and television don't unlock.
Sure we all read daily, we scan through emails, texts, websites, the news, ect. But how many of us actually commit to reading a book 30 minutes or more a day? I have to admit that I have a hard time meeting this goal. I want to become a better writer, and yet I make up excuses not to exercise my brain.
I am also challenging YOU to join me on this quest to read more and improve our brains.
Who is with me?
To make it more fun, Let's share the books we are reading and encourage each other to beat the excuses and read more.