By: Benjamin Lancaster
My passion for writing began as a passion for reading.
Authors were like
superheroes to me, wielding the miraculous power to transport readers to other
TO READ OR NOT TO READ
First, let’s examine whether it’s a good idea for a working writer to be reading other authors at all. William Faulkner believes it’s essential to a writer’s growth:
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.”
But not everyone agrees. Novelist Chuck Wendig has a different take on the same metaphor.
“You don’t learn to write through reading any more than you learn carpentry by sitting on a chair. You learn to write by writing.”
A greater danger is that the other author’s voice might start to displace your own. If you aren’t careful you could start stealing their idioms, their sentence structures, and even the kinds of characters they create. Your writing could become a
That being said, influence is an important part of any art form. If every musician who came after the Beatles refused to listen to them, music would not have evolved to where it is today.
As long as you’re mindful of the impact the other author may be having on you and strive to learn from them rather than mimicking them, influence can be a good thing. Recognizing what makes a piece of writing appealing, and incorporating
those techniques into your own work, are important parts of developing your
PUTTING ON THE RIGHT PAIR OF READING GLASSES
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