• Author Stephanie Hart

How Can Reading Help You Write Your Own Book?

If your aim is to become a writer, reading is a sure-fire way to get there. All famous authors have spent a considerable amount of their lives poring over books and learning from the literary greats whose names have been cemented into history. From their works, you can learn creative ways to present your own story, improve your vocabulary, and other techniques that you can add to your writing. Just take the time to read and notice the improvements in your skills.

Reading is the First Step

Most writers are inspired to pen their stories because they understand the impact of the written word. If you aim to become a professional writer, then reading could be considered as your schooling. But there are different ways to read a story if you want your writing to improve. You have to read with resolve in mind. The two ways to read are spontaneous reading and systematic reading.

Spontaneous reading is when you find a book with no plan of finding one. You may have been intrigued by the design or by the title. You find yourself reading a book that you had no plans to read but find yourself mesmerized all the same.

Systematic reading is when you have made a conscious effort in choosing the book you want to read. You may have convinced yourself to finally tackle James Joyce’s Ulysses to improve your vocabulary. Or you can learn how to build worlds by reading George R. R. Martin's and J. K. Rowling's fantasy works.

Both types of readings have a place in improving your writing. When you're finished reading the book, try to focus on the factors that made you like or dislike it. Note these down and try to implement your notes into your writing.

Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Make an effort to critically assess the books that you read. Ask yourself questions and try to evaluate if what you read could be considered good writing. Was the book well-paced, or did it lag in some places? Focus on the character development and try to identify the theme of the book. Once you're aware of the author's intention and effects, you can be thoughtful about your own story.

You are Exposed to Various Styles

There is no one way to write a book. There is an unlimited number of ways in which you can present your story. When you read books from multiple authors from various genres, you can see how each of them tackles their story. You can take inspiration from them and find a different perspective for your idea.

You can read an excerpt from my recently published book, Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories. Delve into the short stories as I try to unpack the mother-daughter relationship. Please leave behind any reviews or notes that you may have.

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