by Maria Cox
We writers hear this all the time, “If you want to be a better writer, you need to be a better reader.” This is very true. But, what is also true is that we need to read effectively. See, reading effectively can help make a huge difference in the quality of work we produce.
Below are tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your reading experience:
1) Be sure to read books you enjoy.
Reading should be enjoyable so reading mandatory books (e.g. classics, poems, non-fiction etc.) might be counterintuitive. Read what you enjoy and you’re likely to read more.
2) Read the type of material you aspire to produce.
If you wish to be a best-selling author, you should be reading books written by best-selling authors. Find an author you admire and read as much of his/her work as possible; devour their work actually.
3) Keep a log of the books you’ve read.
Keep an online journal of authors and titles, if you’re ‘old school’ keep a paper journal.
Goodreads allows members to maintain an online book log. Members can also create shelves and assign books to be read; books can rated and reviewed. For those of you not familiar with Goodreads, I highly encourage you to visit their website and become familiar with its community of readers and writers. I’ll share with you that last year around the holidays I made a commitment to read 24 novels in 2016. I posted my commitment on my Goodreads dashboard and I’m happy to say that to date I’ve read 14 books!
Happy summer reading!