Great writers know that reading is one of the most important things that they can do to improve their craft. And here’s another reason why. It’s not always the content itself that inspires writing, but the form the writing takes. I remember reading a book in high school and the teacher asked us to write about one thing we learned from the book. I wrote about how the book opened me up to a completely different style of writing.
The book in question was written completely in vignettes. It didn’t read like a regular book with a build-up, climax, and falling action. The vignettes were sort of scattered, but still contributed to the overall story. I remember thinking: “this is truly brilliant.” I can do that! That’s how my mind works anyhow, in bits and scattered chunks.
In college, we read poems and then copied their forms or subjects in our own way. Recently, I read a book that I’ve mentioned before called Wear More Cashmere. The style of that book and its celebration of womanhood has spawned some amazing writing ideas inside of me, but that I would like to express in my own way.
I can’t wait to get started!