Reading and writing go hand in hand. To become well versed in one there is a need to practise the other too. Here are a few inspirational quotations I have come across online to illustrate this point, as well as to get us thinking, as writers, about our companion in the process of committing thought to paper: the reader.
‘Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.’ Stephen King
‘Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.’ Sir Francis Bacon.
‘Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.’ William Faulkner.
Knowing how to read and not reading books is like owning skiis and not skiing, owning a board and never riding a wave, or, well, having your favorite sandwich in your hand and not eating it. If you owned a telescope that would open up the entire universe for you would you try to find reason for not looking through it? Because that is exactly what reading is all about; it opens up the universe of humour, of adventure, of romance, of climbing the highest mountain, of diving in the deepest sea.
I found my first experience with Wile E. Coyote in a whole hilarious chapter about coyotes in a book called Roughing It by Mark Twain. I found the entire romantic personality of Pepe Le Pew in a book written by Kenneth Roberts, Captain Hook. I found bits and pieces of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the others in wonderful, exciting books.
I dare you all, test your strength: Open a book.
‘No two persons ever read the same book.’ Edmund Wilson.