By Alex McGowen
When you can’t write, read.
Discover your inspiration by reading other pieces of work. Find your character flaw, plot aspect, or descriptive word to use. Find an author that increases your desire to do better with your writing. My two authors I am challenged to do better by are J. K. Rowling and Sarah Dessen.
Research has shown that reading assists in learning and in broadening one’s mind. Allow your mind to be broadened when you are stuck in one spot. Allow yourself to gain inspiration through someone else’s work when you aren’t sure where to start.
One way reading aids in the skill of writing is to provide different aspects. Other writers can provide a new characteristic for your main character simply by making it one of their character’s characteristic. Another writer’s work could inspire your books POV. Reading aids in allowing writers to pick up tips about creating a mood. A person learns little tricks by reading people who were successful at their attempt.
Throughout my time as a writer and a reader, my most useful insights came while reading another person’s works. Reading has helped me discover things buried deep within me drawing the best out of my writing and allowing me to put my heart and soul into my writing. By allowing my recreational reading fill me to the point of overflow, the people who read my articles and my pieces receive everything I have in me. They receive my best work. So allow yourself to grow through the exposure to other’s masterpieces.