Archives for Reading

Why Reading Widely Improves Your Writing

We all know that reading is helpful to our writing. But why is that exactly?   Improves Vocabulary Even if you were the vocab queen in school, chances are you’re not utilizing that well of knowledge on the daily basis. Reading a variety of work exposes you to a wider vocabulary and builds up a treasure trove of words for you to draw upon. Reading with an eye for word choice will also remind you that the type of language you use is very important — word choice needs to reflect the characters’ attitudes and plot situations.   Inspires Creativity
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Thoughts from a Literary Contrarian

I enjoy the commonality and compatibility in my current relationship. (Wait. Current relationship makes it sound temporary. It’s not. Let me give that another go: I enjoy the commonality and compatibility with my love, my life, my soon to be wife. (Better). Anyway, we have this ritual of reading every night before sleep, if not also in blocks of time during the day. As authors, that ritual would be expected, but I’ve never been with another author before, so I’m going to notice these things. I like it. A lot. Digression Alert: I remember one night, I’m lying in bed
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Extreme Reading!

Reading. When you are asked about your hobbies and pastimes and list this amongst them, people still look at you askance. Why? It’s so passive, Dude! You know; you just sit there and turn pages, hardly any effort involved. Even less if it’s an e-book. Hey, forget that! Come do some Hang Gliding/off-road driving/downhill skiing – live a more adventurous life – experience, Dude! And they are right. But not why you think. We readers of the World, we billions of readers, are too set in our ways. Reading is a passive activity – yes, in that we don’t move
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