How to become a better writer

My catch up letter for the A-Z Challenge  letter is

R= Read

Read, read and read some more, that’s how.

This is what you, my writer friends, have taught me. That, if I want to be a writer, I must read and read a lot.


Not just read trade books on how to improve the craft of writing but I read for pleasure.

Why should a writer read for pleasure?

  • For pure joy and love of reading.
  • Inspiration.
  • Plot themes and ideas.
  • Word-play and usage.
  • Analyze the genre.
  • Analyze the twists and turns.
  • I always learn something new.

I continue to read. So that I can continue to write.

Books that tell a story I can savor long after I turn the last page. Some are old friends, some are new ones, and some are short stories that pop up in my inbox from great bloggers.

Do you read to become a better writer?

Do you think reading makes you a better writer?

Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.

Below are links to read more tips on better reading your way to better writing.

You can find me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jean.cogdelland, stop by and say hey! Please remember to click and share this post with your Twitter peeps and Facebook fans.


5 Ways To Be A Better Reader and Improve Your Writing in The Process Belle Beth Cooper

Seven Books To Read Before You Start Writing Your Own by Vani at Scroll In

How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer at Write to Done

Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More by Mike Hanski



11 thoughts on “How to become a better writer

  1. A most informative A-Z 🙂
    I might just have to come back and read the whole set.
    I am not a pro…yet. Though I’ve been writing well, lets just say for long, long time.
    Since I was about 10 and I’ve got a son two years younger than you 🙂
    I don’t tweet, vlog, facestuff, or do anything instantly anymore. I just have a few blogs. I just had my fifth anniversary at Gems.

    Thanks for stopping by and continued success in your writing.

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      1. Humor keeps ‘us’ old folks young.
        I once told one of my children that laughter makes you live longer. He told me a joke, I laughed. Then he stuck out his hand and said pay me I just extended your life. Both of ’em (our chillin’s) are smart where they sit! And the grands are even smarter 🙂

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