Everyone who asks for writing advice is told to read more. Reading is how you will learn to craft beautiful sentences, engaging scenes, and solid plot structure. A variety of writing styles exist in the market and reading books from many authors will expose you to these – allowing you to find a style that suits you best.

J.K. Rowling is my personal inspiration

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No detail is too small for Rowling. Every object, person, creature, or scene is well thought out, and assigned a purpose.

 

I don’t read her books only to hone my craft though – no sir – I read her books to relax. As writers we are forever analyzing, researching, and writing – obviously. It’s damn well exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing all those things, but by the end of the day your mind is a sopping wet sponge that needs to be wrung out.

 

USE READING TO AIR OUT YOUR MIND!

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When you’re in the throes of writing it’s natural to read for the purpose of learning. I challenge you to read your next novel purely for enjoyment. Use it as a break, escape from your work and get lost in another authors story. If you are exercising and you lose form because of muscle exhaustion – you stop. When your writing is no longer productive, step away from it and give yourself a break. You are not the hero in your story, there is no need to push beyond your human limits.

I’m currently getting myself lost with Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. The elements of magic he has created in this series is refreshing and compelling. It’s the breath of fresh air that my mind needs after a busy day.

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I’d love to know what books you’re getting yourselves lost in right now, leave me a comment below so we can discuss! I’m always looking for a good book to read.

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Crystal