Why Reading Helps Writing

You can’t just become a good writer by writing a lot. You need to read good books. When I say ‘good books’, I mainly mean books that have been around for a long time, and have been written by professional authors. Read everything you can, books, labels, blogs, anything with obviously correct grammar and structure. Reading gives you the tips and tricks this blog may not be able to give you, you find all sorts of different styles of writing in books, all sorts of useful vocabulary words.

It’s important to read classics, and to avoid modern fiction. It may sound tedious or boring, but if you like writing, you like reading. I’m sure if your reading this you enjoy reading, so it shouldn’t be a problem to find all the giant dusty books and read them for hours at a time. Authors like C.S Lewis and J.RR Tolkien provide perfect environments for both fiction stories and scientifically interesting stories.

Keep reading, it majorly gives you a good sense of what not to write or what to write in your story.

Top 5 Most Common Writing Mistakes

It wasn’t hard for me to collect the Top 10 Most Common Writing Mistakes. Why? Because they’re common, and a lot of writers make these mistakes.

1. I may have emphasized the meaning to using ‘spicy’ words that give the tone a better view, but too much fancy dialogue is looked down upon by readers or critics, the word ‘said ‘is a perfectly good word and should be used more commonly then ‘exclaimed or ‘announced’. Don’t over do it, though the fancy dialogue can be useful at times.

2. Leaving off important information about the plot and story. Not a good idea. Type in everything you know about the plot in the story, don’t leave anything out that you know is in the story. Example, you know Bob is actually a spy, but you leave it out for the whole story. Of course that’s a very obvious example, but things like that can create a confusion in the readers mind, and that makes the reader want to stop reading the book.

3. Word Clutter. Don’t try to sound smarter then you are when trying to explain some complicated stack point in the story. Keep it simple and to the point.

4. Details that can be left out. Plenty of useless details can be noticed in almost all stories. Example, “Bob was walking down the street, he heard a cricket chirp, and he kept walking.” Not a good idea, don’t add extra details just for the word count.

5. Finally, the worst error of them all. The worst thing to do is to switch back and forth between 1st person and 3rd person, even 2nd person. Start the story with gear, and keep it that way. It can be whatever you want (If you have a prologue), but always use one gear for the whole story.

Writing a good book isn’t easy, staying focused and watching out for critical writing errors requires attentiveness.