I have always harbored a love for reading and getting lost in one amazing adventure after another. When I started to write, I had that question in my mind, Should I keep reading while I’m writing, or will reading influence my writing in some negative way? I quickly learned that good writers are voracious readers. We have to be, which was good, because I already was one.
So, my fellow writers and readers, what have you read lately?
I just put down Book 3 of The Remnant Chronicles, titled, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I, of course, read The Kiss of Deception, and The Heart of Betrayal before that. At the beginning of June I read, Flame In the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. They’re all amazing books. Before that, I read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.
One thing I love about reading other authors is what I learn from them. Their books are full of lessons about style and voice, plot and flow, world building and character development. These are all things that, if I pay attention, can help me grow as an author and make my own stories more compelling and exciting. It’s not about making exact copies of what I’m reading, but it is about seeing how the author accomplished things I may not have even considered.
I guess that’s another question: What have you learned by reading?
There’s always something more to take away. 🙂