Reading – Is It Important For Writing(Blogging)?

In installment #34 of of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya, examines the importance of reading in terms of its necessity or lack of as it comes to writing and blogging in Is Reading Important?

She asks the following question:

Do you think that reading is an important prerequisite for writing well? If so, what kind of reading material inspires or affects your writing?

As a blogger, who spends time writing in a number of genres and spectors, reading becomes the necessary catalyst for inspiration to occur.

There would be many who see blogging and the writing it entails, as simply sitting at the computer or laptop; pounding away at the keys for a spell and after some time, a post appears.

A bit of an overgeneralization, but in essense that’s what happens.

However, in order for that to happen for myself and I suspect others as well, there needs to be some sort of spark or inspiration that creates the message of the post.

Reading in my mind is the element that fertilizes, nurtures and ultimately prepares our souls to create.

Reading joyfully provides to us tiny or not so tiny morsels of creative sustenance. “Small plates” of gifted fare all exquisitely laid before on a long a buffet table of opportunity for us to sample each one separately or combine them into something far more exciting to the palate.

Reading opens not just our eyes, but our minds to the world around us. And open minds are the fertile grounds in which words and ideas to grow.

Personally, I don’t read as much as I used to or as I likely should. When I do sit down and read, almost always it will be an “old school” book. I like the tactile feeling of having an actual book in my hands.

Using an e-reader(which I have) or reading a book especially on the computer just not the same. Reading on the laptop is simply provides the opportunity to become distracted.

Although, much of the news and information I get comes from the sitting at the computer.

So, go figure that conundrum out.

It goes without saying, that my blogging and writing expertise(whatever that might be), is tied directly to reading. Reading stimulates my creativity; it gives at times new meaning to old ideas and births completely new ideas from within my soul that at some point need to get out into the world.

As always, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at the importance of reading in terms of becoming better writers.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

15 thoughts on “Reading – Is It Important For Writing(Blogging)?

  1. Pingback: Reading – Is It Important For Writing(Blogging)? — Reblog from justabitfurther – Salted Caramel

  2. There are some authors who will not read someone else’s work while writing their own, for fear of being influenced or perish the thought, end up plagiarising!
    Personally, I think reading is an escape, and I would love the time to do more of it!

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    1. To be honest, most of my reading is entirely for pleasure. I’ve read several blog posts written by full-time bloggers expinding upon the need to read in order to fill your mind with ideas etc that will germinate into post at some point later on.

      I like to read those I follow. And I might glimpse through the news to see what is happening at hme or throughout the world. But, I most enjoy picking up a book on Canadian history or a past political figure in Canada and read that.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a thoughful comment. Come back for another visit some time.

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  3. Is reading important to writing well? Absolutely! And the earlier a child learns to read the better. Children should be able to read any age-related literature available. My mother started me on the Oz books (quite a number of years ago) at age 4. When I say age-related, of course a mother isn’t going to give a child a porn book, but neither is she (if wise) going to prohibit a child reading a book because she thinks it is beyond their ability to understand. At 14 I read “Leave Her to Heaven.” My mother didn’t approve because she thought I’d not understand the conflicts and emotionally driven actions. One of the few times my mother was wrong. But yes, reading is a most important element in writing well. Thank you for posing the question.

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    1. Hi Barbara and thanks for visiting and such a great comment. I used at be an elementarty school teacher, and at our school we had a specific time slot each day for reading. Every child had to have a back to be reading during this time – no exceptions.

      I used to read so much in my younger years. For myself and I suspect others as well, the advent of the internet has reduced the amount of time available to read(I don’t really like to read to length from a computer screen).

      Picking up a book from our local library or getting a book from a bookstore and reading them is simply making the choice to do so. Need to make it a priority once again.

      Reading simply opens the door to so much more living in our lives.

      Thanks again for stopping by.


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