I’m often asked if I have any advice for other writers out there. Honestly, I still don’t feel too comfortable answering this question as I’m still a fairly new writer myself. However, if I can offer one piece of advice it would be to read.
Yes! I am a firm believer that reading and writing go hand in hand. In fact, the very thing that inspired me to become a writer in the first place was my deep, unconditional love for books. There’s nothing that can compare to getting lost inside fantastical worlds and far off places. And you know what’s awesome as well? Getting to create your own worlds and getting to decide the destinies of your own characters (insert maniacal laughter MUAHAHA).
You know what drives me to write? Reading a good book. I’d imagine it being the same feeling aspiring actors get when watching a great movie or play and thinking, “I can do that, too! I want to do that, too.” It’s reading the wonderful work of an author and being driven to write your own wonderful piece of art. And you know what? You should!
Reading allows you to study different forms of writing. It allows you to pick out different words you like as well as some you may not. Reading acts like a study guide for syntax and grammar with your only test being how well your own writing grows.
I can’t say it enough — Reading is effing amazing.