Now, this may sound obvious to some, but I wonder how many new writers out there who do not see the importance of reading. Wanting to write and reading go hand in hand. I do not feel one can exist without the other.
When I was a child I always had my nose in a book. English Literature was my favourite subject at school and I later went on to study it at further education. It comes as no surprise then that I wanted to become a writer; first through my love of reading. The notion of wanting to write seems to stem from being inspired by what you have read.
Again, when I was younger I read a lot of thrillers and crime/thrillers remain my favourite reading genre to this very day. One of the books I am reading at the moment (yes, us writer types are famous for reading more then one book at a time) is a book that is about forty years old. It’s called The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber. I simply love this book and have read is several times over the years.
The Wolfen – Whitley Strieber
The novel is set in New York City and is about these wolves/werewolfs that have evolved over time to have enhanced senses and intelligence, almost human-like. They hunt and feed on humans, usually down-and-outs, who they think no one will miss. Until they kill two young police officers! This sets the whole plot in motion. Assigned to the case are two investigating officers, Neff and Wilson who are partners and who quickly realise this unusual slaying of two young armed police officers is by no means an ordinary fatality. However, what’s nail biting about it is that in no time at all Neff and Wilson become hunted by The Wolfen…
If you want to find out what happens next you will have to try and get a copy of the book (try Amazon). I can promise you although the book is several decades old it is still very chilling and well-written. You will not be disappointed.
So this slight ramble should give you the accurate impression that I simply love reading. There are times when I do not feel like reading anything (which is not often) but I will eventually find myself a page-turner and get back on track!
You see, the more you read means the more you will be able to identify what you will eventually want to write. For example, if you like the genre of romance you have probably read lots of romance novels. In my view you are in an ideal position to have a go at writing one. However, there are two things you must not do when you are a new writer that is to write only one genre, or read only one genre.
The aim is to read widely because this will not only improve your writing, it will also broaden your approach to writing.
So until next time, happy reading and writing, S