Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have the time to read, then you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King.
If you are not a writer intrinsically, then becoming one will benefit you in a number of ways.
- It teaches you how to frame thoughts and concrete them on paper.
- It makes you think optimistically.
- It vents out your emotions.
- It empowers your soft skills.
- It enriches your vocabulary.
But Freelance writing is shallow without having developed love for reading. People who are good writers are also avid readers.
Reading- the good and the bad- inspires you. It develops your palate for all the tricks that writers have invented over the years. You can learn from textbooks about the writing craft, but there’s no substitute for discovering for yourself how a writer pulls off a trick. Then that become a part of your experience. – Roz Morris
So lets us look at the ways how to improve reading habits: –
- SKIP SECTIONS: – I feel terrible when I hop-skip details, it feels as if I missed out an important revelation in a novel, but when I return to what I escaped it seems an obvious remark. This is why mostly people skim through text and not read, as it overloads their brain with unnecessary information.
- READING BREAK: – Reading has always been a means of joy. Never read forcefully, it’ll slog your mind. Take time to understand what is written between the lines never fail to draw your own inferences, it’ll help you develop a perspective.
- BE AN ‘ADVENTURE READER’: – read things you hadn’t thought about reading. Fiction, non- fiction, biographies, classics anything you like, don’t stick with one genre, try hands on different niches, and feel your thoughts taking shape.
- NOTING IT DOWN: – it is a good habit to walk away and take down notes of all that you have read. It increases your comprehending capabilities and lets you analyze the work subtly. .
While on flight to Omaha, he was reading. He took notes on the material itself, and every time he completed a chapter he pulled out a sheet of white paper and wrote a single page summary on what he had just read. He places the paper in another folder. This is how he gets his learning deeper and this also enables him to refer to summaries in the future. –Danny Boyle
- FIGHT BACK: – We love to have an opinion on everything we read. This is great. Take a stand for something that makes you sad, angry, frustrated or happy. You can also get some online writing jobs on contentmart.com