You probably have seen the movies made from these great works written over a century ago – Sleepy Hollow (1819) by Washington Irving, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert L. Stevenson, The Cask of Amontillado (1846) by Edgar A. Poe and many more.
We are so spoiled! I mean, we live in this fast-paced society and movies are faster to digest than the time it takes to read the original novel. So movies do perform a service. They save us time.
These rules are basic to our very existence as writers and you may tend to ignore them. But any flower needs water to blossom, to grow to its full potential, to bring its beauty to the world.
Your brain needs the type of food to expand your writing skills and the basic blocks that build a sentence are words. The more words you know (and their definitions) the more beautiful the sentences you can build. Like a flower in its bloom, your writing should captivate and enthrall, capture and entertain, charm and enchant your readers.
Let’s look at a plan to be intentional in improving your vocabulary.
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen King
Never An Empty Brain!
Number one rule for writers is: Never Stop Reading.
I briefly covered this in my post of November 1, 2020. As stated, reading is a writer’s food that builds a healthy brain, adds to his education, supplies inspiration, and enables him to glean new ideas to produce his own new writing projects.