Read a book to keep your mind fresh

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

You may not be a fan of Stephen King’s books, but you can’t deny that he knows what it takes to write a book or two.

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

 – Stephen King

If you want to continue honing your craft, you must continue reading. By reading another author’s work you enjoy, you pick up new plot ideas, different ways of holding dialogue between characters or even inspiration for your next book cover. We urge you to go a bit beyond your preferred genre and pick up something you might not normally consider. It doesn’t have to be the classics, but something outside of your specific interest. Writing a psychological thriller, such as The Silence of the Lambs? Check out a suspense thriller, such as Along Came a Spider. A great artist never quits practicing his skill. As a writer, reading books is a way to keep your mind fresh and ideas flowing.

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There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. Browse Weekly Writing Quotes »