Reading and Writing

Not long ago, my brother-in-law and I had a conversation about John Steinbeck's East of Eden. I mentioned to Charlie that it was my favorite Steinbeck novel, as opposed to the beloved Grapes of Wrath. A few weeks later, Charlie text me some questions regarding the book, and I honestly couldn't remember the answers. 

So, I picked up East of Eden at the local library, and I read it again.

Steinbeck has a way with words.

He is a writer.


If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
— Stephen King

I think Mr. King is on to something here. I try to write. A lot. I attempt to keep this blog updated week to week. However, I struggle with finding something to write about. I struggle with keeping topics varied.

I struggle.

But then I read East of Eden. I read through some of Hemingway's work or Dostoyevsky's classic tales. I take a moment to enjoy Cormac McCarthy's verbosity. And something happens: I begin to have more ideas to write about. Suddenly, I feel more inspiration to keep going.

Listen, I am in no way attempting to be one of these literary greats. I am merely suggesting that these writers inspire me to keep going. Their skills in storytelling enable me to keep trying, time after time.

As Mr. King states, in order to be a writer, we not only have to write a lot, but we need to read a lot. Read everything you can. Read the greats. Read new authors. Read your friends' work.

Read a lot.

There is something about reading that helps with writing. The more I read, the more I want to write. 



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