June 1, 2016
Are there are any benefits for a writer who doesn’t read? Turns out there could be:
You get more time to write
Instead of sitting with your nose in a book all day, a writer must write a minimum word count on a daily or weekly basis. Instead she uses all her free time to finish the latest fantasy trilogy or swim in a book of poems. So if you are not obsessed with all the latest books, you get that much more time to write.
You eavesdrop a lot more
A writer is someone who should know what’s happening around him. If he’s in a busy railway station reading a book, he wouldn’t hear the story about the grisly murder that just happened in that town. He wouldn’t scout around and inspect his surroundings. He would be watery-eyed and dreaming of another writer’s plot and characters.
You get your plot lines from TV
Why do you need books to get a good storyline? There’s enough material on TV to create many series. Good excuse to be a couch potatoes.
You wouldn’t waste time reediting your own work
If you read books by the greats, you become a perfectionist. You become too ashamed of your sentences. So you reread them and rewrite them so much that it takes you far too long to write the chapter at all.
You stop focusing on other characters
So you have a fantasy book in your head. You have sketched out your characters and the dialogues run through your mind, only to be interrupted by Harry Potter or the Hobbit. Why would you want to be immersed in another author’s world when you are creating your own?
You market your own book better
Instead of being enamoured by the words of other authors, you find worth in your own words and you frantically facebook and tweet your latest words. You want everyone to read what you have written and you become the n=best promoter of your work.
You just might write a bestseller!
Many writers swear by the books they read but some writers have hit the bestseller lists by not reading books at all. They are pretty sure about how time consuming marketing a book is and wouldn’t even try drinking in other’s words.
You become a mentor writer
It’s easier to be a mentor if there is no burden of greatness of other writers on your shoulders. Ignorance is bliss. You think ‘If I can write a book, anyone can!’ And this becomes one more income stream for the writer who wants to reach out to millions of wannabe writers.
Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that not reading books will make you a bestselling writer. We recommend that you read books with an intent to emulate and when you write, just focus on writing the book.