Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Stephen King on the Importance of Reading

This is something I learned a long time ago, but why listen to me when you can hear it from the king. No, not Jesus or even Elvis. Mr. Stephen King. This is a clip from a Q&A session at Yale on 4/21/03. He talks about the importance of reading to a writer. He says you can't do it. You have to be a reader and read a lot to be writer. They go hand in hand. There are two things you must do as a writer - write and read. Everything else is extra-curricular. I have been reading like crazy since college, but even more so in the last few years with all of the blog tours. That's why I broke up my blogs into writing and reading wings. As writers we need to know what's out there - both good and bad. We have to know why some stories work and others don't. I especially like the last comment King makes about reading a bad book. So, without further ado, here the video.

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