25 Possibly Silly Reasons Why Writers Should Read

We often hear that writers should be avid readers. We usually accept it and crack on but have you ever considered why reading is so important for a writer? No? Well, you’re about to.

As usual, the following reasons may not be entirely helpful and the snark is strong.

25 Possibly Silly Reasons Why Writers Should Read

1.Holding a book in your hand reminds you of what a book feels like while you’re waiting to get that WIP you’ve had on the go for twenty years published.

2. Because reading makes you smarter and we could all do with some of that.

Reasons Writers Should Read - interrupted reading3. Books show you how to word when you’ve lost the ability to word, after wording all day.

4. When you hold a Kindle in your hand, for the first time ever, you feel like you have complete control of words.

5. You find out that someone got there before you with what you thought was an incredibly original idea, and then have to decide whether to continue with your WIP or burn it.

6. Like vampires, we feast on books. Books are our lifeblood.

7. Those bookcases need to be filled. Forget ornaments.

8. We need to buy all the books on how to write so we look like we know what we’re doing. Bonus points for reading them.

9. When we support other writers good things happen. We become part of the writing community by actually sampling others’ goods and recommending them.

10. Books drip feed words, phrases, and ideas into your mind like magic.

Reasons Writers Should Read - characters11. Because writing is usually a solitary exercise and writing is too. Get ready for the quiet life. Introvert bliss.

12. We need to be kept on our toes by amazing writers, even if we want them to disappear so the world will love us more.

13. We need to be encouraged by rubbish writing. There’s hope for us if THAT got published, right?

14. Shiny book covers are our form of crack.

15. Bad book covers are a guilty pleasure and a cautionary tale.

16. We can read blurbs and wonder how that person managed to write one when we spend months wailing over them.

17. The scent of books is a natural writing high.

18. You can make a book fort so people will not disturb you when reading and writing.

Reasons Writers Should Read - insomnia19. You wouldn’t paint a wall with a fork. You need the right tools for the job. Books are your tools.

20. Many writers have cats. Many cats like to block your view when you’re reading. If you need to summon your cat, read a book. Instant catnip.

21. Libraries contain gazillions of books. This is a world where you can get to know other writers without even opening your mouth.

22. You may find you write in a different genre because of what you read. Reading can help you break out of your writing comfort zones.

23. You can discover different styles of writing and mix it up in your own.

24. You learn how to critique. Beware. Once you become a writer you will never be able to read a book entirely for pleasure ever again.

25. They are books. It’s reading. You really don’t need any reasons at all.

Over to You

Are you a writer who reads a lot? How does it aid your writing?

About Lisa Sell

Lisa Sell is a fiction writer. When she's not wrestling with words she can be found showing the love for chocolate, cheese, coffee, books, the cats, and the husband. Perhaps not in that order.

4 comments on “25 Possibly Silly Reasons Why Writers Should Read

  1. This is a terrific list! I think one of the telltale signs of a writer who doesn’t read is their use of tired tropes/clichés . . . they don’t know how overused those are because they haven’t seen what else is out there.

    And I’ve always been amazed by people who are able to waste perfectly good shelf space by putting decorative things on them. Who has enough shelves to leave room for a statue or something? That’s good space that can hold a bunch more books.

    1. I agree in that I’ve certainly discovered the clichés in some thriller novels and tried my hardest to avoid them.

      Thanks for commenting, Lynda.

  2. LOL! Love it! It IS instant catnip. Seriously, though, I try to read a lot. I generally read an indie published book a month, and something else besides. Also, I love audiobooks because I can listen to them in the car on my way to work and back, or while doing the household chores, or while I’m out walking my two miles a day. It really does help me find better ways of phrasing things. I love losing myself in a good story, but that effect is also one of the main reasons why I read a lot.

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