I make no apologies when claiming to love reading. I was reading before I went to school, thanks to my parents reading to me every night.
All writers start out as readers. If someone tells me that they write books but don’t read them, I can’t help but wonder how he knows to construct a sentence, a paragraph, a story arc, and how to avoide clichés and stereotypes. How does he know what genre he is writing in, and what is already in that that genre.
So, a successful writer has to be a reader, for many reasons. Reading is the gateway to being a writer, any sort of writer. Off the top of my head, I read for:
4/ Even more research (I do a lot of research); and
5/ Educational purposes.
Reading for research! You need to research for both fiction and nonfiction texts. I’ve done enough research to fill a library with historical detail for my Steampunk novels; and I still feel like I’ve never researched enough. I find it is easier with my scientific articles, because I can list my references!
Reading has physical and intellectual benefits apart from supplying inspiration and verisimilitude to your prose.
This is why I have ten bookcases in my house and shelves packed with a double layer of books.
This book is due out in August. I can’t wait!
My free online book A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters continues, and you can read Chapter 5. Automatons on an Airship for free online by clicking on the link or picture below. The Hunt is On! When a dissatisfied tourist starts messing with the settings of the automaton crew-members on the airship, the robots become a little too attentive, […]
via A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters – Chapter 5. Automatons on an Airship — One Delightful Day
Dead Magic is the fourth novel in Jorgensen’s Ingenious Mechanical Devices series and is the second novel to feature the characters of Emmeline and Immanuel. Although Dead Magic is a sequel, it is not necessary to read The Winter Garden first. (Although you absolutely should read all of the novels in this series! They are excellent.) Jorgensen provides enough details in the narrative to catch a reader up to the plot line of the new novel.
via Dead Magic by Kara Jorgensen — chrispavesic
I have one slight confusion over this book – the title. And it isn’t for the usual reasons since the book itself explains the origins of the phrase ‘scientific romance’ very clearly. No, I’m just confused that when I searched for it on various websites it didn’t appear under that title but had been expanded […]
via Scientific Romance – Brian Stableford (ed) — Jane & Bex book blog
I predict a great career for Daphne Robynson, the young woman in the middle of the photo. Not only did she self-publish her book, she arranged a limited edition cover for her launch. Brave, talented and a marketing whizz – she is a triple threat! Her book launch was not only a success for her; it was another great event run by Bookface Springfield.
I have recently moved house. After being in storage for over six years, I am finally unpacking all my 40 book boxes, and I am finding a lot of old friends. While I have been unpacking, I have been putting books aside into a ‘to-be-reread’ pile, and a lot of the same authors kept popping up. Diana Wynne Jones. Charles De Lint. Terry Pratchett. Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Neil Gaiman. R. A. MacAvoy.
Some of these authors have left us, but I decided to tell those still with the living how much I love their work. I don’t want to regret never saying anything when their work has meant so much to me and enrich my life. It might not be much, but a kind word is better than nothing at all.