Reading helps me write


I was reading a Sandra Brown novel and half way through I put it down raced to my computer and opened up my novel manuscript file. Ideas flowed from my fingers onto the keyboard. Ideas that had lay dormant and were reactivated by reading a writer I admire.

Though my manuscript is finished it is not complete. It still need further drafting. When inspiration hits, for whatever reason, I take that hit. I want my final prose to be as polished as possible. I also want my readers to enjoy it and I know the only way they will is if I enjoy it too.

This is why reading your favourite authors is so important. Be inspired.

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About donnadmunro

Donna Munro is an author, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). She recently formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon', because she's too impatient to wait any longer. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

Posted on September 3, 2010, in Writing tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love Sandra Brown as well and I, too, get inspiration from reading. My first love is reading. I found that going back and reading my favorite novels and authors helped me tap into what I loved about them and won me over. I keep hoping that I may one day find that common thread of what pulled me in and made them my favorite, so I can turn around and infuse my readers with the same chemistry…one day. Happy Writing!

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