Does Reading Make You A Better Writer?

Mike Jackson from Stories in Your Pocket wrote this post encouraging everyone to turn off the TV and pick up a good book tonight.

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Does reading make you a better writer?

Stephen King in his book ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ says:

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one’s papers and identification pretty much in order. Constant reading will pull you into a place (a mindset, if you like the phrase) where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn’t, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”

Natalie Goldberg who wrote ‘Writing Down the Bones’ says:

“If you read good books, when…

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