I am going to confess something…I love reading as much as I love writing…and I love writing an awful lot.
So I thought I would share some excellent reasons / excuses to read a little more.
It makes us better writers.
When we read we consciously and subconsciously pick up all kinds of amazing tips whether it is impactful word placement, a descriptive style, or story flow, reading a good book will help it all.
Expands our vocabulary and intelligence.
When we read we expose ourselves to new words, new ideas, and new perspectives. Every time we read a book we have an opportunity to learn.
It fires up our imagination.
When we read we meet new characters and travel to amazing places that can fire up our imagination.
It reduces stress.
Reading is known as a flow activity. This means that when we read we let our worldly troubles go and submerge ourselves in another world. Time passes swiftly…it’s a great way to make things like a boring daily commute bearable.
It makes us happy.
I think this goes without saying, but if you have a book with you adventure is only a few pages away.
I have never been a person enamoured with that thing called adventure. If there is something exciting going on, I am usually heading in the other direction. For me adventure is trying out a new restaurant, or cutting an extra inch off my hair.
I think the technical term is ‘novelty averse’.
I am the sort of person who feels deeply emotional when hearing an anecdotal story about someone I have never even met. Homeless puppies, sagas of lost journals, can really tear me up. If there’s a spider trapped in a sink, I am the kind of person who rescues it—Ok, maybe not the spider.
Despite this I have lived a million adventures within the pages of a book, and particularly bloodthirsty adventures at that.
Yes, I will confess at this point that I possess particularly violent taste when it comes to other peoples adventures. Torture and killing is absolutely fine in the quest of a good story—the more brutal the better. Our heroes wouldn’t have a chance to shine without a few trials and obstacles in their way.
Let’s face it, a walk in the park never made a hero—unless the walk in the park happened to involve thwarting an attack by alien vampires with secret plans to destroy the earth.
Perhaps it’s just as well that I stick to the books 😉