The Write to Read

I have been a professional writer for a very short time. But I have been reading since I was four. And what I have learned is that most writers are readers. Big-time readers.

I read A LOT. Sometimes as much as a book a day, but almost always at least a book a week. Before I became a writer, I read a wide variety of works: mysteries, historical fiction, chick-lit, young adult, science fiction, classics. I also read non-fiction, mostly Christian works about being a mom, a wife, about theology and doctrine and Christian living. I love biographies, too. And histories. Really, just about everything.

Now, I find myself reading a whole lot of young adult fiction. Because I am writing in that genre, I want to learn from others and see what they’re doing. I also want to make sure I’m not doing exactly what some other writer is doing. I want to be current and fresh and original. Sometimes, I have to check myself because I read other books and think, “This is SO much better than my stuff!” But that, as I heard a singer say once, is just “an opportunity to grow in humility.” So I ask God to help me appreciate other writers’ talents rather than being jealous of it. I also read books about writing so that I can grow in this craft, become more like those writers I respect so much.

I read a writer’s blog once and she said she read everything — even cereal boxes and bumper stickers. I TOTALLY related. And the more writers I get to know, the more I see that is a common thread.

Does that mean every reader is a writer? Not necessarily. I know plenty of readers who have no desire to write. But if you’re reading this and do want to write, then keep doing what you’re doing…read, read, read!

I’m always looking for new books to read, so feel free to share your favs with me!

2 Comments

  1. Susan
    May 8, 2012

    Krista — You asked for it! Let me introduce you to 11 new books a week & a “new” Classics book every other month. Through the creation of Suzanne Beecher, DearReader.com will give you the opportunity to sample books in teen, nonfiction, good news, mystery, romance, fiction, and even books that have not been published yet — a new book each week for most clubs! Every day in your email you get a 5-minute read from books in the genres you like; by the end of the week, you have read 2-3 chapters of that book, enough to know if it is one you just have to finish! And since the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative sponsors the book clubs, you can request a copy of the book from your local branch library. (I’m located in Plant City, so we’re neighbors!) Check out our website (all book clubs are completely free) and see if we can get you hooked on your next book!

    P.S. Finished “First Date”…loved, loved, loved it! Can’t wait for “Starring Me”!!

    • krista
      May 8, 2012

      Fantastic! Thanks for this. I am at my local library at least once a week, so I will deifnitely take advantage of this!
      And thanks for the encouragement 🙂

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