One essential thing for any writer or aspiring writer is the fact that one must be a good reader.
This point came out very clearly recently when I was reading a blog and I was brutally disappointed. The writing was pretty mediocre rife with typos, wrong vocabulary, poor grammar and passive voice. The content was pretty average too. Like many other blogs, the writing was simple and conversational but nothing grabbed me.
It was painfully forgetful and while the writer could have blown the readers away, she chose not to. However, it appears the writer could salvage or, in this case, could have redeemed herself by being keen on one small thing – reading more.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not criticizing in bad taste. I recognize that all need not be the same. One should know his/her audience and therefore, use the appropriate language. Hence simple and conversational style writing is not bad if you can get your message to your readers.
However, if your writing is just fluff, a reader will realize it. It doesn’t take the reader to be an academician or expert in grammar. People are somehow wired to know whether a writing is good or pathetic. Anyway, the point is any aspiring or serious writer should be a constant reader.
One needs to read a lot. Novels, periodicals, magazines, etc. Writers need to grasp the art of language and acquaint themselves with the finer points of words. They should also jot down notes and thoughts as they come during the reading process. Reading another writer’s work is gratifying and inspiring.
If you are a writer, who doesn’t read you will regularly find yourself facing challenges in that your vocabulary might be weak and at best average.
Sometimes the aim of reading shouldn’t be to finish a book. For a writer, it is important just to read for the sake of reading. This will help you be passionate about writing and you can also learn new ideas about things you might never have thought about.
Here are a few tips on how you can begin to read your way to becoming a near perfect writer.
- If you aren’t quite sure what to read, start by reading what everyone is reading. You can find that out quickly on the internet.
- Don’t read to accomplish anything. As stated above, just read for the sake of it. What you derive at the end will be priceless.
- Finally, study the use of language, vocabulary as you read. You could learn a thing or two.