Why Is It Important to Read the Masters

I recently looked on Litreactor.com, thinking about enrolling in one of their highly effective creative writing classes which include lectures and critiques from the country’s top authors. Unfortunately, it costs $395, a jaw-dropping amoung for an online class. In my opinion, anyways.

Who needs fancy smancy classes when you have books, though, right?

There’s a reason you spend hours and hours deciphering the writing styles of classics. You can use those same skills to analyze the styles and techniques of other writers you like. And yeah, USE them. Now, that doesn’t mean copy the style of your favorite author. But certain techniques are universal and can only be learned. You learn to write well by reading well.

Read good books. Write good books.

This works just as well any writing class.

If you convince yourself that by reading, you’re actually “working,” you feel less bad about reading all day and night. It has actually vastly increased my reading time. Now I can comfortably read and feel like I’m working on perfecting my craft. Which I, in fact, am.

If you’re a blogger only, read other people’s blogs. Subscribe and comment. And if you’re feeling especially generous, start with mine?

About derekberry

Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, and student located in Charleston, SC.

Posted on October 31, 2011, in Blogging, books, classics, Education, novel, Poetry, publishing, Self Publishing, Word Salad, writer, Writing, writing advice and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Guess I’m feeling particularly generous…

    Actually I read books as much for the writing style as for the content, so you’re on to something. Classes can be very helpful if the instructor is really good, but you won’t know that until you sink your $ into the class. A

  2. I wasn’t finished, but my computer was–sorry.

    A good critique of your work, from a professor or someone who knows writing is also worth a lot and something you can’t get by reading and writing on your own.

    That’s all. My computer can push the post comment button any time now…

    • It’s true. Actually, it’s rather sad about a lot of writers. They don’t read or appreciate anyone else’s work. They’re so busy “working on their writing,” they don’t read others’ work.

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