It’s no secret that to become a better writer, you must read. And the rest of this post will argue that reading isn’t the only thing you gotta do to become a better writer.
That’s right, kiddies! ::wheels in a TV on a rickety cart like a substitute teacher::
WE’RE WATCHING MOVIES TOO!
But that’s not where we’re stopping.
In order to become a better writer, you must read. And watch shows and movies. And listen to records that give you butterflies in your stomach. And stay up super late at night having philosophical conversations on the back porch with a very good-looking person after you’ve consumed some jazz cabbage.
To become a better writer, you must read. And appreciate good art wherever it is. And pay attention to how people actually talk. And live your damn life.
So, yeah. To be a good writer, you must read. But there will be no point in this post where I argue that you should do anything that an English teacher taught you.
That isn’t to say that we’re throwing out all those teachings.
It is to say that there’s a wide chasm between writing a five-paragraph essay and creating the type of thing people actually want to read.
(Sorry if you thought those essays you wrote in high school mattered.)
So, if you’re here and itching to hit the comments section with all manner of grammatical and stylistic issues you take with this post, may I encourage you to simmer the fuck down?
Seriously. You’re about to learn something.
To Become a Better Writer, You Must Read
No one is saying that writers shouldn’t read. In fact, writers are in the business they’re in because they like to read. One day they picked up a book, and it’s been all downhill ever since.
But we need to talk about why that is.
Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?
Reading is a weird thing.