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Friday Writing Inspiration: Famous Writers on the Importance of Reading

There is nothing in the world I enjoy so much as reading. Even the highest moments of writing pale in comparison to being lost in a truly good book. But reading isn’t just a way to pass the time. As a writer, it’s absolutely essential. Read extensively, read diversely, and it’s like a free MFA program (MFAers might disagree with me, but it’s what I tell myself, anyway). Personally, I also think it’s important to not limit yourself to GREAT LITERARY WORKS. Read everything! Every book can teach you something, even if it’s what not to do.

Many extremely successful writers have stressed the importance of reading to become better at your craft. For today’s Friday Writing Inspiration, I pulled together some favorite quotes about why reading rocks, especially for a writer. Enjoy!

recite-24306--560213640-rvdyx2“Read, read, read. 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. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”—William Faulkner


“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write, a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”—Samuel Johnson

recite-21448--559969034-1pqcd1v“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

recite-21448--560110629-1xocnrb“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”—Stephen King

recite-25135--559542407-ai1z0u“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”—Ray Bradbury

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