What I learned from a Bad Book

Mary Lamphere

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

I believe this to be true. I can’t help but notice the voices in my head respond differently depending upon what I’m reading. A well-written book nourishes my mind, stimulates my ideas and inspires me to write.

Of course, if you want to be a good writer, you should read good writing, right?
That is so much easier said than done. What is good? Good is subjective and oftentimes hard to describe. One person’s “good” is another’s waste of time.

As much as I hate to waste my time, there are benefits to be found from reading a bad book.

I think if you want to be a better writer, read bad writing.

I just finished reading Life as we Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer…

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