Reading is definitely a must for anyone who wishes to be a writer, but unfortunately few people realize this. They would much rather browse the internet or watch TV than read a good book. Why do you think this is so? I personally feel the culprit is modern technology – it is slowly taking over our lives. I know there are quite a few people out there who are of the view that browsing the internet is just as, if not more, stimulating than reading. These people may be right in their own ways, but I would still say that reading is not only better, but more important.
The point of discussion here is – the importance of reading for new and beginning writers. Why is it so important? Well, if we go into the whys, there are many. But to mention just a few:
- Exercises the mind, making it flexible enough for ideas to flow smoothly.
- Trains the mind to stay focused.
- Increases knowledge.
- Develops vocabulary and improves grammar and spelling.
- Improves comprehension skills.
- Improves ability to reflect on a topic which leads to new insights and ways of expressing them.
- Encourages to relate the writer’s thought to your own experiences, leading to new ideas.
- Opens the mind and stretches imagination.
- Improves memory.
All these factors relate to the mind and can definitely help you write better. There are a few other points as well, which though not related to the mind, can also help a writer write better. These are:
- Relaxes and improves the ability to remain calm.
- Takes minds off daily problems, thus improving general health.
- Rejuvenates and nourishes souls, which improves the ability to take control of the emotions.
Benefits of reading are so many that it’s a pity not many people have made it into a habit. We’ll discuss this point tomorrow. In the meantime, can you think of any other benefit of reading? Have I missed out anything?