It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is from author George R.R. Martin.
“You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”
Writing is storytelling. Unless you’re writing technical specifications or manuals, your writing needs to tell a story, whether fiction or nonfiction.
As with any craft or trade, you need to study the masters, to learn from those who have come before you. And if the craft you want to hone is writing, then you must do your homework. You must read how other writers have told their stories.
So I have to agree with George R.R. Martin. If you want to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Even if, like me these days, much of your reading is other bloggers’ posts.