There is nothing like being a writer and opening a book that someone else wrote.
When I was younger I was thoroughly intimidated to write after reading the likes of Dickens, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. Who wouldn’t be?
You think, how can I call myself a writer when I know darn well I can’t write like that? You might be discouraged before you even even put pen to paper.
As i’ve gotten older though I look instead at these powerhouses and more as my goals and teachers, my mentors and friends.
I read to learn- what do they get right and what do they get wrong and how can I improve based on their examples. I read broadly and I read deeply and I analyze the voices to better understand and hone my own.
What are you guys reading right now? Who are your favorite writers?