J.K. Rowling on the importance of reading to writing

The paragraph below comes from J.K. Rowling‘s website, so if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll want to check out the site and especially this page.

This is especially for younger writers. You can’t be a good writer without being a devoted reader. Reading is the best way of analysing what makes a good book. Notice what works and what doesn’t, what you enjoyed and why. At first you’ll probably imitate your favourite writers, but that’s a good way to learn. After a while, you’ll find your own distinctive voice. Source: On Writing – J.K. Rowling

Rowling goes on to talk about the discipline of writing, as well as the courage and humility it takes to be a writer.

Good stuff.

 

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