Have You Met A Writer Who Doesn’t Read?

I met a bunch of aspiring young writers yesterday, all keen to write a book.

The first question I asked them:

How many books have you read in the last month?

13 of them said None.
1 said Two
1 said Seven.

My own answer: Eleven.

Yes, I’ve been on a wheelchair this last month, and my social life consisted of my fish, my husband and my weekly household help– but the number of books I usually read in a week are seldom less than two, even when I have a full-fledged routine.

I mentioned this to the young writers, and they stared. Not surprisingly the only ones who came up with any writing in the hour I spent with them were the two readers.

 Non-readers don’t write. According to me, it is that simple.

I’ve never met or heard of any writers who don’t like to read– have you?

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  1. westcobich

    Yup, writers gotta read. But I find I have to set my writing time as opposed to my reading time or one becomes the excuse for not doing the other!

  2. Damyanti

    I wish I could show all your comments to the young writers in question– they'd perhaps believe me more. Some of us naturally love books, others need to be introduced to them. I think reading to children and creating in them a love for books is the best gift parents can give their children.

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll be visiting you guys soon.

  3. Dale Wilsey Jr.

    You can't write if you never read. And writers, obviously, have a love for the written word so how do these young "writers" not read at least one book a month? I work a full time job and still have managed to read about thirty books this year among tons and tons of other shorter works.

  4. Donna Hole

    I met a few who wanted to join my ftf writers group. They lasted only a couple of sessions.

    I don't read as many books as I used to, but I plan to get back into it again. Great that you can read two a week – but I'm sorry you've been hurt. Hope you get well soon.


  5. michelle

    You get lots of readers who are not very interested in writing. On the other hand, I've never heard of writers who do not read…

  6. Ciara Ballintyne

    I can't conceive of why someone would want to write if they don't read – I mean, why are they interested in the first place? They don't even understand or enjoy the end product? I don't read nearly as much now as I used to – it's hard to fit reading and writing into my schedule – but when I first started writing I was reading about twenty five books a month. Even when I moved on to huge epic fantasy volumes I'd knock one over every two to three days.

    The closest I've ever come to a writer who didn't read is Sara Douglass, a late Australian fantasy author, who certainly read, but didn't read the genre she wrote! That is just as inconceivable to me as not reading at all.

  7. Peter Blakeborough's Blog

    I endorse your remarks about reading and writing. Writers must not only read, but their reading needs to cover a wide range of topics in fiction and non fiction. Reading will improve every aspect of their writing.

  8. cdreimer

    I've been *writing* too much this summer to be reading anything that wasn't my own stuff. Audiobooks, however, filled out the dead time at my non-writing job. I often listen to the same audiobook multiple times before moving on to the next one. When the writing tapers off, I'll be reading two books per week.

  9. susanleighnoble

    I love to read but honestly between the kids, volunteering and working on my own writing, I don't have time lately. Once I sit down to read, I usually don't want to stop so sometimes I know I just can't start a new book or I won't get anything else done.

  10. Annalisa Crawford

    To be honest, I don't read as many as I should (or want to). I buy lots, and leave them by my bed to read, but at bedtime I'm usually too tired to read. I'm averaging about 3 a month at the moment. And now I feel bad… 🙂

  11. John Chapman

    I have to admit I'm down on my reading this year. I've only read 48 fictional books and 8 non-fiction. That's an average of 8 a month. I've read innumerable samples and blogs though.

    Seems authors are probably an author's best market.

  12. Evelyn Puerto

    How can you write if you are not reading? I get some of my best ideas from reading, whether something I want to try my own spin on or something I want to avoid.