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This is my one key tip for those who want to write. Read. Read a lot. Read a lot of different stuff. Maybe that's 3 tips then ...
Personally I've always read a lot. There were few books in our house while I was growing up yet somehow I became an avid reader as soon as I could read. I still recall being given my first "reader" to take home when just a tiny tot at school and told to read page 1 by the following week. I read the whole book in 2 days and then wanted to exchange it for another one.
The people in my current writing class have variously thanked me for giving them permission to read at home and for giving them the gift of re-connecting with novels. Somehow reading for sheer pleasure appears to be a bit of a luxury!
I certainly read novels. I also read marketing books, self-help books, I absorb how online training materials are written. I read offline, online and also listen - to the radio, the news, and the way a film diaglogue unfolds.
So, my advice is quite simple. If you want to get in the flow when you write, read a wide variety of stuff. Absorb the sounds, feel the rhythm. Visualise the picture that the words paint for you.
Take time out to read, to lose yourself in some inspiring prose or a page-turning tale. If you want to write, then you will experience a natural lift in at least some areas of your writing. And you will experience other benefits too as you divert your mind from it's habitual busy chatter and allow your subconcious some creative space.
Why not choose something to read this week that is way outside of your usual fare - and let me know what happens!
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