In surfing through the writer communities I am allowed to be in (yes, allowed is the correct term here, think of who’s writing this, peeps!), I’ve noticed a comment that seems to be uttered often. It goes along the lines of this:
“Writers who read are better writers for it.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I kind of thought writers were avid readers. I mean, we create these worlds, give birth to characters that are more real than our family, and create plots that make spiders weep because we are storytellers. How can one hone the cutting edge of their craft if they don’t constantly rub against the skilled whetstone of others around them?
Yes, writing can be a solitary art, but still…
If you don’t read, in your genre, in other genres, new and old authors, fiction and non-fiction, how on earth can you learn what works and what doesn’t?
Discovering new voices can spark the germ of a unique idea for you. Perhaps after reading a first person point of view story told by the family pet, a germ of an idea on how you can create a unique POV for your own story will begin to take root.
Maybe the way one author’s turn of phrase captures your heart enough for you to dabble in the art of languages.
Perhaps some unique historical happening suddenly has you asking, “What if?” and viola! A story begins.
Writers find inspiration in a number of areas–music, TV, movies, society, newspapers, PEOPLE magazine, you name it, we’re good at finding creative sparks. Yet, maybe it’s just me, but I find some of my best ideas come about because I read EVERYTHING. Fiction. Non-Fiction. Urban Fantasy. Erotic. Romance. Military Suspense. Mystery. Thriller. Horror. Exposes on old government groups. Reports on scientific trends and developments. You name it, I’ll read it. I go no where with out my Kindle or an actual book.
What makes your creative spark light?