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asleep at mal 9/09
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this is so me when it comes to reading... 
10/20/09 22:50
asleep at mal 9/09
i think this came from docbrite on twitter but if i'm wrong it's worth the time anyway if you love books

in moschus's observations on obsessive reading it felt like she was talking about how and what i read (and the need for me to read - new works, old favorites, sci-fi, and shakespeare and all sorts of other things)

http://moschus.livejournal.com/125101.html

i tend to think she's probably dead on about how important reading is for a writer as well, but not being more than a blog writer myself i cannot accurately assess that

otoh, i've been doing some editing when my brain works and i have time, and reading is definitely important in many ways to building those skills
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10/21/09 12:42 (UTC)
Incredible essay -- thanks for the link.

She's spot on about the importance of reading for anyone who wants to take it to the next level. I mean, of course writing at its core is self-expression, word purge, let the reader beware etc etc. But that level of writing can seldom be sold -- not unless you're famous for doing something else.

No, if you want to be a professional writer, you have to start looking at writing as a communication tool which means you have to know what works, and what doesn't. That's where reading comes in.
10/21/09 22:15 (UTC)
Justine is absolutely right. Writers MUST read, and we must read everything and anything that interests us, and stuff we're not interested in. Although, I was born reading so this is just a natural given for me. (Seriously, I think I was reading when I was a year old; I know I started reading steadily at three.)
10/22/09 20:10 (UTC)
I read anything on a page anywhere anytime, as long as no one is shoving it down my throat, and even then or I wouldn't have passed college.

Writing only became non-painful once. When everything was coming at me hard and fast in college, and we were doing so much writing & reading & research that it just became impossible to continue college without writing.

That's me, I do everything that way. It's the childhood PTSD: if it isn't "do or die", it isn't worth doing.