Great writers are great readers. Reading expands vocabulary, writing expands imagination. The combination multiplies both.
It has been said a thousand times – reading makes for better writing. In my life I have read hundreds of books. Many books on “self-help,” “success,” biographies, other non-fiction works, and of course children’s books.
Having a wide range of reading material will produce a wide range of writing material no matter what genre you decide to write in. It also gets you familiar with what makes for good writing.
There are a lot of people out there that want the success of J.K.Rowling but cannot craft two cohesive thoughts together let alone develop the proper pacing of the first chapter. And with independent publishing growing the way it is, anyone can write crap and get a way with it.
In all honesty I don’t know what I was thinking when I wanted to become a writer. It is a tough, tough business and I really didn’t understand how hard it was to make a living in this field.