Reading does in fact help you write.
But how? I hear you asking. Not as if reading a good piece of literature can help you become a pulitzer prize winning author overnight. That’s alright, I hear you. Truth be told, no one becomes a master at anything overnight. However, treating reading as a constant practice will definitely improve your writing abilities as time goes on. Still don’t believe me? Here’s 3 reasons to help convince you of the benefits that reading can reap for your writing skills.
Reading reveals to you a target.
This is especially true for exceptionally well written pieces. Think back, when your first boss gave you a piece of work and you had nothing to refer to; nothing to work towards. Remember how lost and insecure you felt about your work. This is simply a result of you not being able to visualise what a “Well done” piece looks like! Causing you to have no idea as to what to work towards.
Once you’ve analysed and read through a model piece of writing, be it from your superiors or peers; you’ll begin to understand what is required and how you can go above and beyond. Additionally, reading religiously exposes you to different styles of writing that may come in handy down the road.
Reading gives you the tools.
The tools to craft masterpieces, if not something that isn’t horrible to read. As I mentioned earlier, no one becomes a master overnight. Although, if an artist does not have basic tools to begin; there’s no hope that he or she will become proficient at his or her craft! This is doubly true for writers because writing is a craft, but writing well is an art.
Reading a range of pieces on a consistent basis exposes you to the wide, wide range of writing styles, vocabulary and helps show you how to express yourself better. Essentially; If you’ve never read a good book in your life, you’ll have no idea whatsoever when it comes to writing a good piece. Simply because you’ll only be armed with what they teach you in school; nothing more. That’s bad. Period. Those who read often know what I’m talking about. School equips us with only the bare essentials when it comes to language usage and writing, but reading and through practice is where we truly learn to make the most of the tools we’re given.