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.
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