- Books take you to other worlds (which is really nice when you're going through a rotten time in this one).
- Non-fiction is a great way of expanding your knowledge but reading other fiction teaches you how other writers go about their work so you learn from that too.
- I'm reminded every time I read a book why I want to write and that inspires me. It also encourages me to keep going. (It also helps when you're reading a book you know was initially turned down by publishers and is now doing well. Not everybody gets it right first go! Though I do think whoever turned down J.K. Rowling ought to consider themselves the literary equivalent of Decca Records, who are infamous for turning down the Beatles).
- Following how characters develop in other stories (and you can compare and see if your characters go through a similar kind of journey).
One of the great joys of writing is that you kind of get two hobbies for the price of one. To write well, you have to read well (and ideally non-fiction as well as fiction and in a wide variety of genres too). So what do I love about reading?
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.