Not everybody is a writer. Sure, everybody can write, but not everybody has the skills needed to produce truly moving, involving and marketable prose that can actually make them a living. Creative writing, while offered as a course at university, is not often described as a skill that can be taught, better it is a talent that can be developed and nurtured as we grow.
So how do we develop and nurture our creative writing talent without paying thousands of dollars to attend a university or college course? The answers is of course, read more.
Reading is great for the human brain. It is great for your entire being, your daily life, and your mental abilities. Reading does so many things for us that you might not even realise, some of which are not even directly related to making you a better writer.
For a start, reading makes us smarter. Pretty obvious, right? Reading can increase our knowledge and our intelligibility in almost every area. It keeps us sharp as we age, and it gives us better general knowledge, much of which can be useful for those weekly pub quizzes.
Reading also reduced stress and increases our feelings of calmness. It allows us to take a step back, relax and slow down. A book can distract you from the real world, transport you somewhere completely different, and forces you to be still, far away from distractions of the real world.
Reading can also cultivate our compassionate skills. Feelings of empathy for others, understanding of feelings of peers, and broadening of opinions and imagination, all of which can allow us to understand others better and thus create better relationships with those around us.
Of course, however, the main point of this article is to talk about how reading can make us better writers, and a lot of that starts with language. Reading increases our vocabulary and helps us to understand language better. It gives us ideas and revelations as to how we can use our own language in ways we might never have imagined.
Reading also helps us to cultivate our imagination and find inspiration for our own subjects. One perspective from another well respected author can certainly help us to develop our own perspective or our own idea about something similar, all the while showing us secrets of how to write for the real world.
Reading also enables us to improve our analytical thinking, our critical skills, and our evaluative skills. And the quicker we can analyse somebody else’s work, the easier we will find it to do the same thing with our own work.
All in all, reading is not just good for your writing, it is good for your life. Enjoy what you read, let knowledge, vocabulary, imagination and creativity seep into your pores, and allow yourself to relax all at the same time. What could be better?