How Can Reading Improve Your Writing? What To Read? And Why?
What humans are best at isn't creating, but mixing. It is way easier to make a story if you read and analyzed a large number because you will be able to make a new idea by mixing two ideas. Some people already read tens or even hundreds of novels and stories. Some of us, though, like me, did not yet. Therefore we have to focus our efforts on what would be most helpful to our writing. Here is a two-parts list of novels and stories every novel/story or writer who writes in English should read and possibly analyze.
Those are possibly the most crucial stories/novels there is for writes. It is the absolute fundamentals of almost all novels and stories. There are countless ideas that you can produce by mixing those stories by changing the characters and situations.
The Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories by Philip Matyszak
Those myths have been used in a large number of successful stories and books as ways of representing symbols, god, and higher powers. It is an excellent source for different types of art if they want reliable and common myths.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Native American Stories)
Often history is an outstanding base for stories/novels because you can create a believable and extraordinary story. A famous history for writers is the stories about native Americans. This novel is good, and there are also other novels that you could learn the story and how to tell a historical story from.
Grimms' Fairy Tales Book by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
This book speaks for itself. It has excellent tales that would be great to know and learn from.
All the Stories of the Bible: As Crafted and Told by John Walsh by John Walsh
Religion stories are often the basis of stories because they are remarkably incredible on what they contain. They are like no others, which will be a helpful tool. You can learn a limitless amount from them.
Each one of those books contains a great lesson that every great writer knows. By reading them, you will be able to learn those lessons to become a great writer yourself.
· The Great Gatsby / Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is an example of how sometimes you can create an extraordinary piece of writing, then your next piece of writing isn't as good. This often happens with art. You can make something super and okay one after another, even if you are one of the greatest writers ever. By reading The Great Gatsby, then Tender is the Night, you will realize what I mean.
· The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The greatest lesson in this book is to see the narratives in this book. Pint of view is fundamental in writing, and this book will help you master it.
· Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Emotions weren't written in this book. They were displayed. You can see pure rage, fear, and more in this book.
· Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Poetic and creative sentences to show psychology is what exceptional about this book. You will likely understand parts of psychology in ways you have never thought of.
· One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques
This book and the one before are examples of how time could be played to tell any story you want. It's a crafty piece of art that will help you learn magical worlds.
· A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
While it explains true feelings like you are the characters, it doesn't use too many words. It uses the least amount of words to tell which I personly think is a great way.
· Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
It's like a literary old new book. It uses the same great language and, at the same time, makes you feel like you are reading a 21st-century thriller novel.
· On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This book is an example of just sitting and writing the whole novel without planning. Discovering the scenes and characters as you go.
· The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A real no magic novel that could make tears drop from your eyes. Sometimes magic isn't what is most engaging about the book, and this is even a non-magic world.
· Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Laughing is the mainstream of this book. It's a great way to learn how funny words can be.
· Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
How can words mislead and deceive like what is necessary in war. Book that can be learned from engament like no other.
· Ulysses by James Joyce
This book uses many styles to express the story to the fullest. Each story can be told best by one perfect style, so gathering different styles for parts of the story can be great if done right.
Rereading them would also be very helpful to have more insights on the same point. You can check this post every time you want to read something on the side to improve your writing.
I hope this post was helpful and can help you with your writing journey. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. And don't forget to like, and share with your loved ones.