The number one advice I have for other people interested in become better writers, is to read.
I find it fascinating that whenever I’m going through a dry spell in my writing, I’m going through a drought in my reading.
The opposite is also true. As soon as I begin reading a new book, the creative inspiration and ideas begin to consume me in such a way that I have no other choice but to write.
The two activities are directly and positively correlated.
Reading serves as mental stimulation. It provides us with renewed inspiration.
As a general rule, we are readers first. And writers second.
So if you want to write, read.
There aren’t many things about which I hold strong opinions. I consider myself to be high on the continuum of open-mindedness.
But there are a few things about which I am certain.
Like my distaste for Kindles and other electronic reading devices. Nothing can replace the joy that comes from the process of driving to a book store, picking out a book of choice, and walking away with said new book in hand.
Likewise, I will always favor a pencil to blank paper over a computer, tablet, or smart phone. There is magic in the movement of hand to paper that simply cannot be replicated.
I also know that my dog was sent here from heaven. To be with me in times of need and teach me how to love.
Finally, I know that I lose track of time, and also myself, whenever I am editing a video, writing a song, recording a performance, or performing live. Scientists call this “in the zone.”
These things I know for certain. What do you know?