I read five novels a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but on average I read five novels a month.
Our library is the first room that people enter when they visit our home. New visitors usually look around the library and question whether or not I’ve read the hundreds of books there. The answer is pretty much ‘yes’, with very few exceptions.
I’ve read at least ninety percent of the books lining the shelves of our little library, including the comic books and children’s books. Now that we have a couple of e-readers I’ve read even more books. They are the dust free books, the books that have no paper to run my fingers over. The books that never look worn or smell like books. The books I swore from the onset that I would never love, but I do. The ones conveniently tucked away in our ingenious little electronic devices that expand my library into something awe inspiring and so huge that it would never fit into the confines of my physical home.
Some people might think that’s too many books. Who would need so many books? After all, I’m not a librarian. The same people might also say that reading five novels a month is too much. How could anyone possibly have time to read that many books? Truth is I know people who read more. Several of these people are writers.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” That little jewel is a quote by the master storyteller, Stephen King. Stephen King knows a thing or a thousand when it comes to writing and he is so right in this quote.
Reading helps a writer learn pace, vocabulary, and dialogue, plus a whole lot more. Reading benefiting writing reminds me of a friend I had when I was young. She was deaf. She could speak relatively well, but only because she’d heard speech before. She said it was more natural for her to speak because she didn’t go deaf until she was a teen so she was familiar with word sounds and the flow of speech.
Writing without reading would kind of be like learning how to speak without ever having heard language. It would be possible, but definitely more of a challenge. Writers already face enough challenges so if you are a writer, or want to be a writer, read! If you think you don’t have time to read, be creative. Keep a book with you and read it while waiting in lines. It seems like I’m always waiting for something. Time goes by faster when I pull out my e-reader. If you have a hard time falling asleep, grab a book. If you spend time surfing worthless TV shows you don’t love, grab a book instead.
Here at my house we’ve settled down for the evening. Although, I’ve enjoyed writing this for you all, I’m ready to snuggle up with my book and get back to reading (it happens to be a comic book, but it’s a good one!)
Happy reading! ~ Andie