Does Reading Make U A Better Writer?

I recently devoured three books in the past couple of weeks.  To voracious readers this may sound like “so what.” But for me, as a writer, finding the time to read is like taking a mini-vacation. And I need to make the most of my time. As a result I have more books in my house than I will ever read (I’m always compelled to buy at least one book everytime I pass a bookstore!–It’s an illness). So when I do get that rare break in my hectic schedule I have to find a book that hooks me from the beginning, that is intriguing, enlightening, and exceptionally written.  Needless to say I have tossed many books aside that don’t live up to that criteria.

In any event, I’ve recently read GHETTONATION by Cora Daniels. A damned good book on all levels and a must read. Then I read THe  Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver one of my favorite authors. I followed that up with the master of the short chapters James Patterson’s 4th of July.  (I’m just getting into this series and will definitely be getting the rest). Tomorrow I intend to start on the sequel to A Cold Moon,  Sleeping Doll. It picks right up where The Cold Moon left off.

 I say all of this to bring me to the point of this post.  When we as writers read good work it can only enhance, stimulate and encourage us in our own solitary endeavors.  After reading a good book I feel charged and want to up my writing level. Do I? Hmmmm, only a reader will know for sure, but I certainly hope so.

 Although my motto is “A writer writes” my other one is, “Any writer worth a damn reads.”

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