In order to write well, I need to read.

I need to appreciate the flow of word upon word; to appreciate the art of writing. I need to immerse myself in otherness, in beauty described in ways I have not yet mastered.

This year I’m trying to read more, as I used to – burying myself in a book instead of skipping from one thing to the next. We read so much in bite size these days; we forget the benefit of deep concentration. As we neglect to read, it becomes harder to focus. (This post may be of interest here, which I followed up later with this.)

In reading we recognise both good and bad writing. We learn to be inspired again, to think ‘I want to be able to write like that!’

By immersing ourselves in the words of others, our imaginations are fired to find words of our own.

A to Z posts – reflecting on my writing journey

A to Z theme reveal
A is for … acorns
B is for … bricks
C is for … change
D is for … dreams
E is for … empathy
F is for … forgetfulness
G is for … gifts
H is for … hiatus
I is for … imagination
J is for … jewels
K is for … knowledge
L is for … living
M is for … meaning
N is for … novels
O is for … observe
P is for … persist
Q is for … quiet

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