Writing and reading go hand in hand - writers are usually people who love to read, and have stories they want to share too. But did you know that reading more can actually make you a better writer? It can! Here are 5 examples:
1. Expand Vocabulary. It was true in 1st grade, and it is still true now - the more you read, the more words you learn. As an adult, reading a variety of genres or types of print media can expand your vocabulary outside of the style you might typically use in your writing. And variety creates intrigue!
2. Increase Knowledge. Again, it was true in grade school, and it's true today - the more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you have to write about!
3. Distract the Mind. Have you ever spent so much time thinking about what you're writing your brain turns to mush? I sure have. Sometimes it's best to distract your mind, and what better way to do so than reading? Allow your mind to escape into another world so your subconscious can sort your thoughts.
4. Encourage. Writing is hard. It is a long process, and sometimes it seems like you'll never be able to finish a project. Reading completed works can remind you that it IS possible. If you've hit a bump in the road you can't quite get over, reading other people's work can also help you find a way to get over.
5. Relieve Stress. A happy and relaxed writer is a productive writer. And what better way to become happy and relaxed but to escape into the world of reading.
Reading is the key to many types of success, including writing! So don't neglect those books collecting dust on your bookshelf - put them to work, helping you become a better writer!