Today, Dr Tanya has asked our opinion on this quote by George R R Martin
“You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin,
I think if one wants to be a good writer, it always is a good idea to broaden one’s horizons. Reading from all genres and different types of authors gives a wide reading experience. This prepares us to write well-balanced stories. Poetry, similarly needs to be read from a variety of sources. Different poets have different ways to express their feelings and when we read through multiple platforms, we expand our expressions too.
I have gained a lot by reading not only books from my favorite authors but also my blogger friends. Some write fiction, some love horror while others write humorous stories. This has enriched my knowledge and made me aware of how I too can write in different styles and genres.
In conclusion, I’d say that this quote is very apt, especially for aspiring writers and bloggers. Reading from multiple genres and authors allows us to use the knowledge to better our own writing.
Thanks Tanya for the prompt.