• Victoria Hadley

7 Quotes to Remind You Why Reading Is Essential to Writing



Every writer has heard that you can’t write unless you read, and this is so true! Every writer started out as a reader, and the more you read, the better your writing will be. That’s why this week, I wanted to do a fun, quick post with seven quotes to remind you how essential reading is to your writing!


  1. “Read. Read. Read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” -William Faulkner

  2. “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” -Lisa See

  3. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

  4. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Richard Steele

  5. “When I was teaching writing--and I still say it--I taught that the best way to learn to write is by reading. Reading critically, noticing paragraphs that get the job done, how your favorite writers use verbs, all the useful techniques. A scene catches you? Go back and study it. Find out how it works.” -Tony Hillerman

  6. “When you start reading in a certain way, that’s already the beginning of your writing. You’re learning what you admire and you’re learning to love other writers. The love of other writers is an important first step. To be a voracious, loving reader.” -Tess Gallagher

  7. “Read a lot. Write a lot. Have fun.” -Daniel Pinkwater

Now, set some time aside to read a book, so you can continue your writing journey and improve your craft.


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