Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Read Before You Write

Photo by Mo Riza

"Page after page, keeping your writer's thought before you, but not tarrying with him, until he has brought you the thing you are in search of."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Picked up a good book lately? Yes? Have you actually taken the time to read it? More than likely not. It is easy to be enthusiastic about starting a new novel but it seems harder to actually crack open that first page and begin the journey beneath the pages. But oh,  once you do, you wonder why it took so long!

Anyone who appreciates the art of writing knows there is an unspoken "first" rule.  To write, you must first read. Early signs of a passion for reading begin as a child and breezing through English and literature classes later on is a good indication that you most likely have what it takes.

Pick up a book and begin reading. It does not take long to realize that it "sparks" your creativity.  Keep a notepad or your computer with you and start the brainstorming process. Jot down a few words or phrases that you want to incorporate into your next piece. It does not even matter if they make sense at the time. You will be able to use that and move forward in your writing process. You can also read a short article, poetry, biographies—basically, any written word. Also, change up what you are used to reading, it allows for going into uncharted waters.

Finally, when you have finished reading, read again.

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