05 October 2011

If you haven't got time....

Stephen King made a great comment once--yeah, I know, when doesn't he make one?--when he said in his book, On Writing, that if you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write.

I love to read.  Not just because I have three columns to write each week, dealing with books and reviews, but just because I love a good story that I can get lost in. I love reading what other people have written and enjoy their stories, their characters. There have been very few books that I just couldn't get into. And it matters not whether the books are indie or legacy, I just love to read.

But the thing is--and you have to accept it--if you want to learn how to write, you have to read. The way we all learned. We read other authors. Studied their technique, what made them successful. Studied the elements of good story telling. You can't pick that up by osmosis or from the ether. You have to read.

So, if you're constantly complaining that you don't have time to read, you'll be complaining that you don't have time to write, either. Because they do tend to go hand in hand. If you can't make time for one, you won't be able to make time for the other. And that's a sad thing.

Now, if you'll excuse me. I have one set up on the Kindle. Time to read!

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