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Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”


“You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans


This is advice that you might have come across elsewhere too. Usually it is said that in order to write well you need to read a lot. A twist on this tip is that you should read not just anything but “across genres” i. e. you need to come out of your reading comfort zone.

What do you think? I would love to know.

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24 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

  1. That is a good quote and great advice. I typically read books across 4-5 different genres plus I count reading blogs as reading – newspapers don’t count… I find flash fiction to be particularly interesting and helpful. Each is a short story and generally the hardest to write.

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  2. Yes, it is good to read books of different genre. Reading the same types of books becomes boring after some time. But I stop reading a book which does not hold my interest in the first chapter. Why waste time 2hn there are so many books to read?

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  3. Thanks for the advice on wide reading across genre. One also need cross cultural reading. Many western scholars seem to have blind spots on other cultures, partly due to arrogance, partly fear, or whatever perspective . All they need to do is to switch on their TV to listen to other news, n see beyond the propaganda of both sides. And we are limited by time and availability of books. We are , in a way, conditioned by what we read; by our choices and priorities.

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