Month: April 2014

If You Want To Be A Good Writer – Read A Lot

Pawan Kumar Jha

Though I can’t say this with absolute conviction, but I believe I am one of those internet users in the world who can’t leave without browsing information and quotations of great minded individuals.

Sincerely speaking, I love positive-thoughts inspiring quotations of those greatest souls whose legacy we still adore much, not because they had been meaningful and relevant to the then era of their prevalence, but also because of the fact that they still lend gravity of awesomeness and inspiration to the readers.

A good number of people in the world brought spiritual transmogrification to their life by imbibing positive thoughts.

Lately I happened to be reading a very quote by Stephen King in which he quoted as saying,

“If you want to be a (good) writer, you must do two things above others: Read a lot & Write a lot.”

Being myself a writer, this quotation of world’s one of the most renowned novelists cast its inspirational message onto me, drove me into pensiveness, and subsequently (as impressed by the message), I thought to analyze the quote according to my own discretion and understanding.

No doubt, if I want to be a good writer, a very renowned writer of someone with stature of Stephen King, it is, therefore, the greatest necessity of mine to follow wholeheartedly the underlying message of the quotation. Now, I am going to analyze in the following way just because I am feeling so intrigued to elaborate this great thought of Mr. Stephen King.

If you want to be a good writer:

Read A Lot:

Reading, to my mind, is really helpful for everyone dreaming about to become one of the best writers in the world. Our thought patterns develop in due course of time in conformity with our developing affinity with reading books, great books with worth-following lessons. Importance of reading

The human mind, if not supplied with good nourishment and healthy food intakes in a routine way every day, the eventual outcome that we experience is harrowing, it stops functioning properly. In other words, the mind becomes dull that consequently affects its interpretative skill of the incoming thoughts from the sources such as life’s experience or by conversing with different people etc.

Just as good foods are vital for a mind to function properly, in similar manner a writer’s mind needs to be foddered by great thoughts in their intellectual patterns so that the interpreted ideas stand for one’s uniqueness and speak the volume of smartness, informativeness and standout.

The nature of thoughts accumulated from reading is entirely subject to the kind of books that a reader reads! Reading-generated ideas are, therefore, the cumulative process in the form of accretion in mind, which come out in the total conformity with their tonality.

So to say, the ideas accumulated out of reading are reflected in our writing. The way we sentence is the reflection of “nature” of ideas accumulated from reading.

What to Read A Lot?

Since you want to become a writer, it is therefore quite essential of you to read books that are dedicated to people who want to be a writer – that’s the first requisite you should prioritize.

However, I do not believe that a reader’s mind should be preoccupied with its own narrow-mindedness of gathering centralized ideas from the specific dedicated books. I wholeheartedly believe that ideas must be expanded beyond any dimension and should not be restricted to adherence of certain privileges/sources as the horizon of a writer’s mind must be expanded as much as possible, and this is possible only when a writer must indulge into reading a lot of books, good books with great ideas.

To read a particular book to become a writer, one must first of all prioritize one’s field of interest.

For instance, one of the fields such as sports, health, real estate, medical, finance, technical etc. must be chosen carefully so that the writer has a clear vision of their goal. Hence, a book must be chosen accordingly. To say otherwise, if you want to get a hand on technical writing prospective, reading books dedicated to technical fields or latest evolution in technical markets or related to similar ideas will be great for you.

Similarly, if you are a pious individual who wants to write spiritual posts or something on personality development in spiritual context, reading spiritual and religious books would be of great use.