Learn to read as a writer. Some fear that attention to style and construction
will take away the pleasure of reading, but that needn't happen. As you
read either fiction and nonfiction books, short stories, articles, or poetry;
as you watch a movie or television tale--look for the craft. What makes
something work--or not work?
Read critically, but with an open mind. The best-seller you hate must contain some impetus that speaks to millions. What is there in it from which you can learn?
All reading is learning. From academic to professional--from literary to newspapers, from sublime to ridiculous--from one word to the next--if you would write--READ.
- © Gloria T. DelamarOn Books and Reading
"All books are divisible into two classes; the book of the hour and
the books of all time."
"Books are the main source of our knowledge, our reservoir of faith,
memory, wisdom, morality, poetry, philosophy, history, and science."
"I have always come to life after coming to books."
"A book ought to be an icepick to break up the frozen sea within us."
"A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed
and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
"Books think for me."
"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted
at the end."
"Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself,
to multiply in ways which he exists, to make his life full, significant,
And about writers . . .
"No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence,
or whose attitude is patronizing."
"Perhaps the reason why the U.S.A. lags behind other nations in book-reading
is that there are so many people trying to write and have no time left
over for reading."
"Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have
"I think the writer ought to help the reader as much as he can without
damaging what he wants to say; and I don't think it ever hurts the writer
to sort of stand back now and then and look at his stuff as if he were
reading it instead of writing it."
"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order
to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."
"No writer who rarely reads can write well; the writing mind must be
stimulated with words from outside the self."
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