On a publishing discussion group recently, a writer announced that she didn’t read books. Further, she asserted that if she needed to research something, she could just “get the info off the Internet.” WOW!
I have heard this for the last 20-some years, since I was dealing with those taking creative writing classes in college. As if writing in a vacuum will produce something fabulous. As if the writer is so very wonderful and a special snowflake that only the pure brain droppings from his/her head will suffice for the page. That “contamination” from any other source will dilute their rare content.
Um, not so much.
Truly great authors read voraciously—and not just books. Cereal boxes, movies, train ads, TV, blogs, magazines, overheard conversations… anything with print and/or words, really. There’s a reason why every great writer in the history of writing has/had a big library with books or scrolls handy.