Monday, October 27, 2014
Three Reasons Why You Shouldn't Stop Reading
While in the writing process, I find it hard to finish--or even pick up--a book. (I have this fear of accidentally imitating someone else's work.)
That's the last thing I want to do. No one deserves to be plagiarized.
But at the same time, one of the best ways to improve your writing skill is to read.
Note the difference: Reading is observing, and you gain so much knowledge in the process.
My goal for today's post is to give you THREE reasons why you shouldn't stop reading while you're working on your manuscript.
1. INSIGHT: If you're into writing YA novels like I am, the first noticeable difference is the voice of the main character. Unlike other genres, young adults are on two extreme scales: completely mainstream or not mainstream at all (i.e hipsters, trendsetters, ect.) And if you've grown past your young adult years, there's a slight chance that you've already forgotten what that "version" of yourself sounds like. Even I, in my early, early, twenties, forget what I sound like. This is where the reading process comes in. Honestly, reading anything that's been published in the last six years is still quiet relevant to that YA group today. It's important to take note on today's slang and phrases because there are some words that aren't used anymore. Like: "All that and a bag of chips" and "Talk to the hand" are overused phases that were relevant in the 20th century, not so much in the 21st.
2. VISION: Where do you get your story ideas? I get mine from songs, dreams, reality, and books! I noticed that certain scenes in books have the power to spark an entire manuscript. Getting insight from many different books helps with the story-flowing process. Sometimes it's a never-ending stream of words, and sometimes it's just a simple idea. Eiter way, it's something. So pick up an intriguing book that really gets the juices flowing.
3. ACTION: I've noticed that whenever I pick up a good book, I get so motivated to finish my own book that I never get a chance to finish the page I'm on. Truth: reading a bestseller sparks motivation! I'm living proof of that, and so are the many books scattered across my desk with dog ears in them. Even self-help books get me excited to finish my own. I always get that sense of urgency: Who knows, I could be writing that next top-charter?!?!
I'm telling you, reading books guarentee's a bestseller . . . . . ha, totally kidding.
But don't knock the reading process. Without it, you may gain less insight, lack a clear vision, and become unmotivated.
Books are the trendsetters, so challenge yourself to be just that.
Till Next Time Blog World!
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