Thursday, August 24, 2006

Reading is to writing...

Reading is to writing what inhaling is to exhaling. They’re not the same but they are part of the same process; one must recede and co-exist with the other. Reading can do more than almost anything else to help your writing. Almost anything else. Finally, to learn to write, you will have to write and write some more, then do some more writing.

----Gene Olson, Sweet Agony: A Writing Manual of Sorts, p. 109


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

I'm sure Olson covers it elsewhere in his book, but besides reading exhaustively, a writer must read broadly. And concentrating on easy-reads is a copout.

I'll never be a fast reader, but that doesn't excuse me. Time is not the essence. Growth is the essence.

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