I’ve been working with a web design company for my personal website, and I was given the task yesterday of finding a quote that could go on the site. I found one I liked by Ray Bradbury, coincidentally one I had read and studied before in school. While on my search though, I did come across this quote from Stephen King.
It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little – or not at all in some cases – should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written. Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time – or the tools – to write. Simple as that.
I was blown away. I couldn’t agree with that more. I’ve always told everyone that my desire to write has come from all of the books I have read. The hundreds and hundreds over time. I once met a suppoused writer who told me he didn’t enjoy reading, he didn’t have time for it. Needless to say it was evident in his writing. Reading is our fuel. It’s what sparks that inspiration, that idea we must put down on paper. I long for my favorite authors to put out new books, and still go searching the bookstores for new authors when they’re not. I enjoy reading, I could say, even more than writing. To me reading is extremely important.
It’s the reason writers write, to be read.