By Elizabeth Kalfayan, WWW Summer intern
How did you decide you wanted to write more often and become a writer?
I am an English major, and when I am asked why I chose it, most of the time I answer with the most cliché response possible; because I really enjoy reading and writing and want to learn more. So, I guess my answer to my original question would be, I decided I wanted to write more often because I have found so much joy in reading. There is so much to learn from in the world of books.
Reading daily can help your writing just as much as writing daily can. The more you read, the more you find what kinds of styles of writing you like better and which ones you can’t really follow.
I had a professor in college who taught mainly writing courses who told my class that you need to read and write daily to become a better writer. In the back of my mind I thought, “How am I going to have time to do this plus all the other classes and work I have to accomplish?”
As a beginning writer, we tend to write the styles and content we know based on things we have previously read and enjoyed reading. I am certainly at fault for this, especially when I am not sure what to write about. I tend to write what I am comfortable with and what I know. But, as you write more, you will start to find your own style. Also, as you read more you will start to find which styles of writing you might not want to write similar to because it’s not as appealing to you.
Reading can also help you develop a better vocabulary. Imagine how many words you might not know, or might have learned differently if you hadn’t read a certain book. I have had to look up so many words when reading a book and it has helped me to see it in context and understand it better than if I had to memorize it for a class. In a class you memorize the definitions for a quiz and then probably forget half of the words once you complete the quiz. However, reading the word in a book you are enjoying, it’s easier to remember what it means and have it stick.
Reading and writing go hand in hand and doing one can help make the other better. I’m going to finish with a quote from Albert Einstein, “There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.”