“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.
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