Last week I mentioned this quote by Ray Bradbury:
“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
Now if you’re a writer it’s understandable that you must write (we covered the writing diet in last week’s post), but must you read?
Ray Bradbury and many other successful authors say you do. Why? Because the words you take in as you read affect the words you write.
The reading diet isn’t just about picking up a good book and flicking through the pages. Notice Bradbury said, “Read intensely.” What does that mean?
It means savouring what you read, chewing it over in the mind and noticing the details from word choice to character development. Do you see why it’s called a diet?
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