Considering that I just got done reading the Shining and am now reading the sequal, Doctor Sleep, I thought the quote I choose for my very first “Writers Quote Wednesday” should come from the the very talented author, Stephen King. The full quote reads:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
I admire Stephen King for not only being an amazing writer but for his ability to put out the volume of good writing that he has. A quick Google search tells me he has written 55 novels and some 200 short stories. One of those books is called On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft and which seems to be both a memoir and a how-to on writing. I plan to read it in January to continue my Stephen King reading streak. I figure after all those published novels and awards he has to have learned a thing or two he can teach to us all about writing, right?
As for the quote, it’s not a new concept. I think many writers have talked about the importance of reading if you wish to become a writer and I really think this will be one of my goals moving forward. I need to carve out a portion of everyday for reading and to start out I plan to finish at least one book a month. On top of that there will, of course, be plenty of blog reading as well!
I think reading the works of others get us thinking about things from new perspectives and opens our minds up to possibilities in writing we may not have thought about before. One of the number one recommendations to fight writer’s block is to read something. I myself keep magazines handy, as well as using apps like Feedly to browse blogs. It really works! Hell, if not for reading what other people have done I might not know how rewarding writing and blogging could be.