It stands to reason that if you’re a writer you’re a reader. Right?
One would think so. On the other hand, I recently saw a quote from a famous writer/person (I think it was Einstein, but that seems unlikely as I write this) who stated: Eventually, a writer needs to quit reading and just write. That’s a paraphrase.
- If you’re a fiction writer who hasn’t the foggiest notion of recent Pulitzer prize winning fiction . . .
- If you’re a children’s writer who has a clue about recent Caldecott books . . .
- If you’re a biologist who doesn’t read science journals . . .
- If you’re a politician who doesn’t read white papers . . .
What, exactly, does that say about you?
I suppose if you’re already read everything important that (you think) has ever been written, and all that’s left to do is to churn out an e-book a month . . . . There really is nothing left for you to read. Go for it.
I’m actually appalled that the perfectly good NaNoWriMo trend has been recast as an obsessive occupation: If you do it in the month of November you should do it every month.
No one loves a blabbermouth.
Mona L S Baisch
PS I prefer the Stephen King quote: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”