They say that to be a good writer, you must be a good reader. And that’s very true! I’ve been reading since I was in the first grade, and I always have a good book with me.
I average about a book a week, but that has been less as I am currently working on my own book and spending more time writing. As Stephen King says, you must make time for reading as you do writing, which I am striving to do, but it’s limited these days. However, I want to make sure that I am still swirling in the world of words, and it’s better than watching TV.
Leading up to the research of my book, I was reading A LOT. Because my book is non-fiction, I do not read non-fiction right now. I think it would be too easy to adapt someone else’s voice and try to make my book like theirs. Instead, when I am writing, I read mostly fiction. I really love historical fiction, and that is so far from my book that I can’t overlap the two. It’s great because it allows me to see get a great grasp on storytelling and how a book thrives. This is essential in brining my book to life.