Read to Write

People I read bleed into my own writing. 
I'm constantly trying on voices 
and practicing a range of forms. 
- Sue Wootton, author of  By Birdlight

Reading like an omnivore helps a writer develop. Writers need to study fiction, poetry and essays to learn ways to select words, understand structure and rhythm. Reading in all genres helps to develop your voice. 

Think about the books you read and why. How do they affect your writing style?

Delve into these questions about your reading life:

Describe memories of individuals who read to you as a child?  List five favorite stories.

Did books you were forced to read in school have a different effect if you re-read them later?

Name books you re-read every few years.

What book did you feel you were supposed to like, and didn’t?

Do you read a variety of genres?

Recall the last book you put down without finishing and why.

Which book has had the greatest impact on you as a writer? List several if relevant.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how):

What if you could meet any writer, dead or alive. What would you want to ask?

Have you adjusted to e-books?  Why or why not?

What are you reading and planning to read next?

Creative Write: After responding to the questions, write about reading.

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