- For entertainment. I've never understood those who look down on genre fiction or books that are "just" to amuse/entertain. This is a phenomenally valuable thing for a book to do/give its reader so why despise it?
- For education. There is the obvious learning from non-fiction books, manuals etc, but sometimes you can learn from fiction too. You can learn from the characters' mistakes and be glad you're not making them!
- For learning the craft of writing. You do learn from absorbing what you read. You take in sentence structure, grammar, layout and so on. And sometimes if you dislike what you've read or it really is an awful book (it happens!), you can learn what not to do too!
- For learning the rules of your chosen genre. There is nothing to beat reading well in your chosen field as you do need to know where your book will fit in. You have to know what is already out there to be able to do this well.
- For discovering what you like/dislike. This will have a major impact on what you write, of course, but until you read other works, how will you know?
I thought I ought to write this post as a follow-up to my Reasons to Write earlier in the week. I also hope to get back to more frequent blog posts on both my websites soon. The gaps have been due to dealing with a family bereavement and as things begin to settle, I will be particularly glad to get back to my usual writing routine. There are times writing can be amazingly therapeutic and part of that can be because you have to think of something else in order to do it! Anyway, reasons for reading (not that you should really need any, should you?!) include:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.