Why Yes, You DO Have to Read to Be a Good Writer

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I don’t even know why I have to explain this but that’s the sad reality we live in. Here’s why:

  1. It teaches you the rules of your craft.
  2. It teaches you how to break said rules.
  3. It teaches you new words, which are the main ingredients of your craft.
  4. It teaches you empathy, which you will need bucketloads of in order to speak about the human experience.
  5. Everything has already been said. You can only find a new way of saying it if you know what others have done before you.
  6. All stories have also been told. You can only find a new way of creating them if you know what others have done before you.
  7. Intertextuality is really, really fun.
  8. Because you’re not more talented than the summation of all of humanity’s artistic efforts.
  9. Because why are you even trying to produce something you don’t even enjoy?
  10. Because you will look like an ignorant doofus in front of your peers. No one, and I mean no one, will see your disdain for reading as an expression of a ‘pure’ writer. They’ll see it as the cringe-worthy moment of a dilettante.
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