Why is what you read important?

In preparing to print a calendar of famous writers’ quotes for the 2nd annual Cuenca International Writers’ Conference next week, I read this one by Stephen King:

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 

Once I asked a woman in a writers group who was writing a romance novel who her favorite romance author is. Honest to God, this is what she said, “Oh, I don’t read romance. I read science fiction.”


Am I the only writer who thinks it’s important to know what readers are reading in the same genre in which I’m writing?

Do you have a favorite writer who inspires you? Whom you would like to emulate in your own writing?

My favorites are Carl Hiassen, Elmore Leonard and Harlan Coben. Who are yours?



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