It’s easy to get so involved with writing, that reading can become a luxury to push aside.
But, it’s so important to read about writing for the little nuggets of wisdom and pearls of inspiration we know, but somehow seem to forget.
Finding books that resonate with our writing lives and experiences might be rare, so when you find a great book, hang on to it!
A few years ago, Diane highly recommended I read a book on the craft of writing titled Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. I loved it. And it became the first book I ever re-read.
I know how important it is to get words on a page, and more than likely those first words will be junk and tossed later on, but to get to the good stuff, I have to get a lot of words on the page/screen — Ann Lamott reminds me of that — she reminds me that I need to give myself permission to write junk.
We’ve talked about books about writing a few times here. And you can look back at a few posts if you’re in need of something new.
Don’t read to avoid writing, though! Read to improve writing!
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She’s still amazed to have a book she can re-read that gives her new insight into her writing every time she goes through it. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.