“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”
― Lisa See
Welcome back to my series of Motivational Quotes for Writers for the annual Blogging A-Z April Challenge. These quotes are particularly geared towards writers working on a large project such as writing a book and aim to help you reach the end of the tunnel.
It was a toss up between READ and RESEARCH today. However, they overlap quite a lot and since I’ve covered research elsewhere, read it is.
For me, reading fuels and refuels a writer. After all, if we keep pouring our words onto the page, we need to put something back. Of course, experience is also important but reading helps us to arrange and interpret these experiences in ways which will excite and entice the reader.
“The more that you read, the more things you will
know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than
the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
Henry David Thoreau
“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one’s papers and identification pretty much in order. Constant reading will pull you into a place (a mind-set, if you like the phrase) where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn’t, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. …
“[R]ead a lot, write a lot” is the great commandment.”
(Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000)