Read First, Write Later

Reading is the one necessary prerequisite for writing. Every published writer of books I know grew up reading….If you’re a serious and dedicated reader, then, you already know part of how to write. You know the forms and conventions of writing and how others have used these forms and conventions to shape their work. (If you haven’t been a reader, I’d suggest you become one fast if you want to write.) What you may not know is how to begin and continue and finish, and how to publish what you’re done.

Richard Rhodes, How to Write, 1995 

Reading is the one necessary prerequisite for writing. Every published writer of books I know grew up reading….If you're a serious and dedicated reader, then, you already know part of how to write. You know the forms and conventions of writing and how others have used these forms and conventions to shape their work. (If you haven't been a reader, I'd suggest you become one fast if you want to write.) What you may not know is how to begin and continue and finish, and how to publish what you're done.

Richard Rhodes, How to Write, 1995 

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