Although there hasn’t been a formal scientific study done to prove this theory, it almost goes without say that if you read more, you will get better at writing. These two topics go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t be a good writer without being a good reader (and vice versa). The author of the article put it like this; “Trying to be a writer but not a reader would be like a musician who does not listen to music himself.”
“Trying to be a writer but not a reader would be like a musician who does not listen to music himself.” – Mike Hanski
One argument that the author of the article made is inspiration. Reading transports you to a different universe, allowing you to live in a characters shoes. Good authors take that ability and stretch it to its limits. Getting inspired to write is not easy, and it’s a challenge even professional authors sometimes face. I know when I lack inspiration, I go straight to my kitchen and try to cook a dish I’ve never made before.
Knowledge & Information Retention
These two arguments go hand in hand with each other (like reading and writing!) As you read, you gain both the knowledge of the topic you’re reading, and the style of the writing. Most authors write for their readers, and those readers either like the way they write or what they write about. As one of my classmates put it; “The only difference in what John writes to what I write is our personalities…” Grammar rules won’t get you an audience, good writing will.
“The only difference in what John writes to what I write is our personalities…” – Griffen Klauser
So how will this benefit you?
Reading (and writing) is as useful as breathing in the world we live in today. In order to follow social media, you need to be able to read. And in order to be involved in society (through social media), you need to be able to write. But, some people drastically favor one over the other. As my classmate pointed out;”I noticed that people who have a lot to say tend to enjoy writing more.”
I have learned that if you do read more, writing will come easier to you. Reading molds your writing style; the more you read, the more you mold. Last year (my junior year), I did the most reading and writing I have ever done in my entire life. Between my English class, my ACT classes, my Creative writing class, and writing for the fling (school newspaper); I probably tallied around 180 pages of reading and 20 pages of writing per week. By the end of that year, I could pump out a four page essay in approximately one hour and 13 minutes. But it wasn’t just the fact that I was writing a lot, I was reading novels and short stories that were subliminally molding my writing style. After reading Stephen King’s “the body,” not only was I a better writer, but I started writing with more metaphors and symbolism. In conclusion, if you want to mold yourself as a writer, reading is the answer.
“I noticed that people who have a lot to say tend to enjoy writing more.” – Tori Murray
Hanski, Mike. “Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Apr. 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2016. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-hanski/read-more_b_5192754.html>.