5 Reasons Why Readers Make the Best Writers

There’s no denying the powerful effect that a great story can have on your mood. Even when the weather outside is gray and gloomy, a great read can shine a light on your day and make the world seem like a brighter place. No one knows this better than Love Inspired authors, who spend their days immersed in uplifting and inspiring stories. If you’ve ever considered trying your hand at writing romance, we’re letting you in on a secret: loving books is half the battle! Check out 5 reasons why readers make the best writers:

Opening a book is a great way to nourish your writing muscles

“Oh, the wonder of reading! There’s no better way to pass a few hours. I have been a passionate bookworm since my elementary school days, but now that I write professionally, reading is even more important. I consider every book I read to be a way to nourish my writing muscles. Since I write mystery and suspense, I spend a lot of time reading in those genres. I love the different techniques authors use to make me care about the characters and immerse me in a nice twisty plot.” —Dana Mentink, author of Deadly Christmas Pretense

Deadly Christmas Pretense  by Dana Mentink

Reading keeps your ideas fresh and your mind sharp

“I believe it is important for writers to be readers of all genres. If we only stick to writing and not opening a book ourselves, we can become stagnant. Reading is a joy that I can’t imagine not partaking of. I have a stack of books on my nightstand, and as I finish one I add another. I keep a book in my car as well. And, of course, now with ebooks, I have a ton of books with me at all times on my phone. I read a wide variety of genres, though I mostly stick to romance, romantic suspense and thrillers. I also read a great number of nonfiction books—mostly psychology or Christian self-help books to glean insight into developing my characters. And I read my Bible. I love God’s word and am so thankful to have the freedom to read the Bible anytime I want.” —Terri Reed, author of Secret Mountain Hideout   

Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed

“I am an Audible fanatic. I listen to books several hours a day, splitting my time between business, self-help and fiction. Good writing is good writing, and I believe it helps challenge me to keep my own storytelling fresh.” —Deb Kastner, author of Her Forgotten Cowboy

 

Learning from other authors can help you find your own writing voice

“Reading has been a precious part of my life since my first memories of my mother reading to us before bed each night. Now I have at least one book I’m reading at any time. I’ve been on a cozy mystery kick, but in the past week or so, I’ve been feeling the need to get back to reading romances. Fortunately I have a nice big stack of Love Inspired books in my TBR pile. And I love reading nonfiction—particularly if it’s associated with something I’m researching for a manuscript. I try not to let what I read influence my writing by picking up phrases and imagery that other writers use, but I love to see how my favorite authors use description and dialogue. I use their techniques as a learning tool as I read, thinking, ’How did they do that? And how could I do it in my own voice?” —Jo Ann Brown, author of An Amish Christmas Promise

An Amish Christmas Promise by Jo Ann Brown

Reading is a great first step for discovering the type of content you love

“I’ve been a reader all my life. I was the little girl in the corner with her nose in a book. When I was about twelve, we were on a family vacation to Oregon to see extended family, and in a general store in a small town I discovered my first Harlequin spinning rack and plucked the Harlequin Historical that most caught my interest. I don’t know how many more times I begged my parents to return to the general store, but I do know I returned home from that trip with a pile of Harlequin novels, and that was the beginning of my love of romance. It was only after I’d been married awhile and had written many magazine articles for national publications that my husband asked me, ‘Why don’t you write what you love to read?’” —Deb Kastner, author of Her Forgotten Cowboy

Her Forgotten Cowboy by Deb Kastner

Consuming books is a way to keep your love of storytelling alive

“I am an avid reader. I average 2–3 books a week, but I often read a book in a 24-hour period when I’m really ‘into it.’ Mostly I read while I’m exercising on the treadmill. I’ve also been known to read while cooking dinner, waiting on a train, standing in line at the grocer…you get the idea. For me, reading keeps my love of storytelling alive.” —Vannetta Chapman, author of The Amish Christmas Matchmaker

The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman

I’ve always loved reading fiction. I like traveling in my imagination to faraway places and times with fun characters. It’s the same for my writing. Though I told stories to entertain my sisters from a very young age, the first fiction I wrote was a twelve-year-old—it was the story of a girl coming across the Atlantic in a sailing ship just before the Revolutionary War. What better job could I have than meeting these new characters and taking down their stories to share with others?” —Jo Ann Brown, author of An Amish Christmas Promise

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