Where most students straight out of my high school knew what they wanted to do with their lives, I was perplexed. I never had the clarity nor the sensibility to establish an ambition for myself. I didn’t know back then, but now when I think about it I had crazy Existential thoughts and life questions;
- Like what is the purpose of it all?
- How can choosing a career or making money empower me?
- If my destiny is driven by nature, how is living a stable life under my control?
On some days, I wished I could make a career out of reading books if that was even possible. I thoroughly wished it was an option on job listing websites. I don’t have an achievers’ story here, but I will tell you this,
I figured writing can be my forte only because,
A. I think in a weirdly structured manner.
B. Each thought in my mind processes itself into Pros and Cons.
C. Writing is substance visible as content for the world to read and interpret.
D. I LOVE TO READ
Which brings me to tell you that good reading habits can pave the way into expression, either in the form of content or context.
Firstly, reading shouldn’t function like a chore but a habit that is indulgent and free from time constraints. The words of the book should engulf you into imagination. There is no such thing as skimming over a chapter or a few pages. When reading happens, you have to flow with the words. Avid readers never consciously read each word in their minds but devour the essence of the story.
Secondly, each book has a story. Whichever genre you choose to pick, the ethos will likely create enthral.
Lastly, the flow of words, sentence formations, and chapter distribution binds into homogeneity. Really good authors know what debunks chaos. It can be very distracting and frustrating to absorb content which lacks readability.
Which bring me to stating why you should read to write well. Besides experiencing the aforementioned, writing will make you conscious about the reader’s expectations of you.
Reading creates an understanding of words and how context can be divided into different paragraphs while writing. Or how phrases can be incorporated into content, or how building climax in writing can generate suspense into reading.
More so, the continuity factor of reading guides writers to create content which is decipherable or understandable. Like, fashion, writing can know no bounds in having a groundwork of desirable trends.
The obvious advantage I miss out here is Vocabulary. Reading devices a thirst for words and meaning.
Sure enough, this blog shall get you into writing or reading or both. If you are already an avid reader, then I hope you feel a connect.