5. Read—a lot…

5. Read—a lot

read a lot and write a lot I like to say. So we continue with the chapter of Commandments, up to number five. This one is tied to read a lot and I mean a lot! Without further ado, let us begin:

5. Read—a lot
While it’s a very good idea to know your genre, the best writers don’t limit their reading to that genre. Artists need to experience other artists’ work, which can teach and inspire as well.

When I read a fascinating novel or watch an movies, I can’t wait to get back to my own writing and make it better. This also works when I read a boring novel or watch a cliched movie; then I can’t wait to make sure I haven’t made similar mistakes in my work.

Reading nonfiction is also helpful to fiction writers. I’ve been so inspired by articles on scientific discoveries (scientific America is my all-time favorite), political events (I like to watch Fox news-shh) or historical facts that I’ve later made the ideas significant parts of my fiction works. A 10-line filler in the newspaper (so yesterday I find it all on the web) about the auction of Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis inspired my new novels of Angels (go figure).

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August 30, 2012 · 5:11 pm

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