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September 2018 by V. R. Duin

HOW READING HELPS WRITING: READ TO WRITE

When reading starts to sputter,
Writing becomes mere clutter.

Learn how reading helps writing by exposing us to writing that helps us write better and helps improve reading and writing proficiency.

Reading reveals secrets by exposing us to writing by other experts. It exposes mechanics; how a written work is structured, how exposition and description are handled, and the way in which dialog is introduced.


Good books stand a better chance of being read by the target audience. The practice of writing alone is not enough to fully develop literary skill, style, coherency and effect. Writers must read to write better.


Sampling a wide variety of books expands vocabulary and subject matter. A broad selection of works provides greater background, information and insights into trends and niche opportunities for creative productions.


Study exposes the different styles, voices, forms, and genres of writing. Writers, who improve reading and writing proficiency through regular reading, can explore helpful content with greater speed and precision.


Scrutiny exposes secrets from gurus of the industry. They know how to inspire and add clarity to presentation. Mastery of professional structure, theory and methods may lead to the next great American novel.


Make time to read. When writers read, they improve composition skills. Inspection delivers an expanded vocabulary for word selection. Readers learn to distinguish subtleties of syntax and point of view.


Reading develops the art of choosing the right words. It is important to set a time to read every day. It may help adults to join a book club. Children should be encouraged to read at home to improve proficiency.


Using the right words helps deliver the message. Creative wording provides impact to stimulate understanding. Reading exposes us to materials that are relevant and fun to read. This fosters creativity.


Nothing can be written in a vacuum. Nothing should be written without style. Perception helps develop a personal style for the delivery of original content. Facts can be checked through research and collaboration.


Past books can be motivating. It is fun to revisit books you've read and loved. They may seem new with each reading. Devouring absorbing material can reintegrate writers into the literary world.


Discovery may accelerate with practice on computer-generated formulas. These texts are designed for speed reading. Scanning or skipping over confusing and cumbersome content is a lesson in how not to write.


Flipping through digital material is non-committal. It is hard to engage with bits or bytes of superficial nonsense. To register and absorb information requires poring over it and burying oneself in it.


Technical skills are critical. Relevant platforms, applications and software can speed composition and development. They check spelling, grammar and punctuation. The end result should not read like it was automated.


Listening to music may help relax for reading. In addition to word processing and word generating software, there are free applications that block distractions and organize and record thoughts, among other functions.


Use tools to write. Apple offers Tablo to give writers a place where they can read, write and connect with colleagues. Writers can publish and promote books with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.


Bookworms can keep costs down. Books offered for sale may be borrowed in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Reading free books helps the writers. They may be paid for borrowed books read to completion.


Free books are available for borrowing from local libraries. Writers everywhere should seek every opportunity for habitual reading. Reciprocity is generated by providing an audience for these productions.


It helps to read a lot. Established word smiths recommend more writing and more reading to improve the skills of promising colleagues. If nothing else, reading improves general communication skills.


Regular reading times each day help prepare a writer for concentration. Writers must direct concentrated attention and focused effort to their craft. Reading increases focus for drafting and revision.


Bibliophiles read selectively. To write a particular genre of books, a writer must read books of that genre. To write articles for a particular audience, a writer must read articles directed at that audience.


Writing proficiency may develop within media types. To write appropriate social media posts, a writer must read competitive online content. To build authoritative website content, a writer must read quality content.


Reading variety matters. Reading is helpful when it is practiced on diverse devices, objects or platforms. Variety helps writers understand different platforms for which writing must be targeted and formatted.


Social media and blogs may place word, character or image size limits on content. These limits may exceed the average viewer's attention span. Familiarity gives way to concise, correct and appealing approaches.


A writer must read to write for a particular device or media type. To write for mobile devices, mobile-friendly reading is necessary. To write for the big screen, it helps to plow through scripts.


Reading always must come first, like in school. A writer must be familiar with reading devices, objects and media to reach the masses like billboards, banners or signs. These cannot be turned off or put down.