Writers are readers. When I began to study writing as a career, I heard this everywhere. Writers are readers. There's a lot of truth in that statement.
Think about it. Books teach us more about writing than teachers will ever do. Books show us story -- how to structure sentences, create scenes, evoke emotions, and pace a story. Teachers shed light on what good books accomplish. They help us think about the themes and context of books that aren't necessarily on the surface. They help us dive deeper into the books, themselves.
Many writers I know read multiple books while they are writing. Reading helps them find inspiration, break through writers' block, and discover new ways to approach the scenes they are writing. Reading keeps their minds active and alert.
Read. Read. Read. Every genre has a different way of handling story, pacing, and character development. They only way to learn the genre is to read many books in the genre. Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep writing.
WRITING TIP: Spend some time hanging out at your local library. Browse the books in the genre you want to write. Read the first few pages of several books to see where they begin. Check out a few to read all the way through. Take notes in your notebook about what you learn and what inspires you. Go back to the library and do it again. Sometimes a writer must read dozens of books before getting a feel for the genre. Each time, you will learn more.
Photo by Redd Angelo on Unsplash