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Are you a writer? Don’t neglect your reading – guest post at Writers Helping Writers


Today’s re-blog is extremely timely for me—I’m in Reading OverDrive :-)

Nail Your Novel

writershelpingIt’s always a struggle to find time to write. If you’ve got a book in progress, it’s tempting to spend all your free moments on it. But don’t sacrifice time that you would usually spend reading. It’s a false economy.

Similarly, don’t fear that your reading is going to influence your work to a detrimental extent, or that you might end up copying ideas. The chances are you won’t. Your book is much bigger in your mind than anything you read, or watch, or any conversation you overhear. Any influence will be minor by comparison with the huge amount of work you’ve already done.

But if you stop reading while you write your book you might lose touch with the way prose tells stories, and you won’t be using your ideas to their maximum potential. We do many things on instinct, and those instincts are learned unconciously. Reading feeds our…

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2 responses to “Are you a writer? Don’t neglect your reading – guest post at Writers Helping Writers

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris January 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Glad you managed to surface from reading overdrive long enough to reblog my post! Thanks, Alexander!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      You sure are welcome, Roz :-)

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