Read, Read and Read Some More

When people tell me they want to be a writer, one of the first things I ask is “What do you read?”

Why is reading so important? Readers wash their minds and hearts with words, stories, and emotions. Then when you sit down to write, all these words and stories and emotions mix with their life experience, learning, vocabulary and past writing.

So, my question to you is, “What are you reading?” I encourage you to read in the genre you write it, be it fiction, nonfiction or somewhere in between. And, to read outside your genre.

I write fantasy, and nonfiction, mostly how-to articles (on this blog any my Creativity Sparks Newsletter) and informative articles (mostly on Here’s what I read recently:

  • Sheri S. Tepper, The Gate to Women’s Country (science fiction)
  • Penny McCall’s Tag, You’re It! (Romantic Suspense)
  • Neale Donald Walsch’s Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Spirituality)

Happy Reading!

c. 2008 Beth Barany

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  • Barbara Millman Cole says:

    Dear Beth,
    I logged onto your blog for the first time today. This entry struck me as “Oh so true!”
    “Readers wash their minds and hearts with words, stories, and emotions.” This line especially describes so well the way writers think and read. Someone just suggested the book “The War of Art” to me this week. Synchronicity is rampant!
    Barbara Millman Cole
    Creativity Coach, Writer and Reader

  • Beth Barany says:

    Hi Barbara,

    So good to see you here. Welcome! Yes, synchronicty — enjoy The War of Art. It is fabulous. The offer still holds: let me know if you’d like to write 100 to 200-word posts for my blog as a guest blogger. It will give you practice for when you launch your own blog.

    All my best,

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