If you tell me that you want to write a book, probably the first question I will ask you is not, "What kind of book are you writing?" but rather, "So who are your favorite authors and what are your favorite books?"
If you cannot answer this, I will probably doubt your desire and capability to write a book. Because in order to give life to words and stories and ideas, you need to have a love of words and stories and ideas. It is but logical that in order to write a really good book, you must have read a lot of books, both good ones and bad ones. You should have been a voracious reader and also you plan to read even more books in the future.
But apparently, there are a lot of wanna-be writers who can't be bothered to pick up a book every once in a while. If you're one of those, it's probably a good idea to take a step back and ask yourself why you want to write in the first place.
Do you want to be the next J.K Rowling? Well, the best-selling author herself said, "Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on."
Do you want to be as prolific as Stephen King? He said, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Do you want your books to turn into movies like John Green? (maybe you should write scripts then) He was quoted as saying, "This is what I love about novels - both reading them and writing them. They jump into the abyss to be with you where you are."
There is probably not one famous author who will tell you that they don't love reading. And so probably one of the most important things you can do to get started on your writing journey is to get back to reading if you've fallen behind or to continue reading as you're writing.
"What if I don't have the time to read?" I'm glad you asked because I actually wrote a post to help you with that problem. Click here.
But the important thing to remember is you need to have a love of books or the written word and the act of reading itself in order to become a good and better writer.
And so on this day, when my brain was not functional enough to write a thousand words, I will read in order to be inspired to write two thousand tomorrow.