Should a Writer also be a Reader?
Many say that writing skills are better-described as talents rather than transferable skills however I would beg to differ. Writing itself is something that can be developed over time and the first step a person should take before becoming a writer is becoming an intensive reader. We all develop our own writing style over time but, taking a look at other writers writing styles and try to develop your own. Understanding the flow of a story or an article and most importantly the way in which the writer portrays his or her idea to the reader. It is not easy to show the idea you have in your head through words with exactitude.
Through reading, we acquire the skill of Writing
I would say that no one is born a writer but with passion as well as hard work it can become a great trait with skills that will help you in the future. Writing skills are transferable however, indirectly as you acquire them through reading a persons work and not directly from the person. You need to understand the reader and how the reader looks at the story before becoming the creator of such stories. This is the reason why we need to read our stories before submitting them and if possible offer them to a friend to see if we have portrayed the idea well enough for the readers to understand
Another thing that we also acquire is a rich vocabulary which I would say is vital to a good writer. The wider your vocabulary is as a writer the better you can explain and develop your ideas. It is just going back to primary school as the first thing that we are being taught is to read and after to actually start writing as it is something more difficult.
Before becoming a writer myself I wasn’t so good at writing either, I would sometimes write sentences that do not make sense and make grammatical mistakes (not to mention that I did not know where to put the commas). Every teacher that I had told me the same thing that I will tell you now.
The more you read the better you will write.
As a writer or even a future writer, you should see reading as enjoyment or pleasure, of course, this does not apply to everyone as some people do not find reading interesting, however, it is definitely something that will improve you not only as a writer but also as a person.
Now you may ask yourself, what exactly should I read? My answer is what you like as well as love, however, I would also say that you should read topics that you will want to write about. Getting more knowledgeable about the topic you want to become a professional at should be your number one on the reading list.
A good book that I would recommend for all writers to read is “The Rulebook for Arguments” by Anthony Weston. This book is very helpful to writers as it explains to you how to present a certain topic or question with an argument and how to maintain it unbiased so that the reader is intrigued. The writer also uses examples to show how an idea or a personal view should be presented through writing.
For us, as Medium writers I would say that It is good to read each other work in order to get a better understanding of certain topics and overall improve our work.