I agree with this article but I would also say to try reading more widely within your OWN genre. Every writer has his or hers own Voice and way of doing things and creates such a range of writing styles that it can be worth stepping away from your favourite authors and trying news ones.
Kindle Samples and reading books from a different section of your local library are probably a good way to begin with this process.
It’s a cold, rainy afternoon. The kids are spending the day at Grandma’s, it’s too wet for yardwork, and your significant other is at a conference on aardvark mating habits. The fire’s been lit, the blanket dragged from your bedroom…all you’re missing is a good book.
Quick! What do you reach for? Come on, you’re a writer, you’re never far away from a book. You’re holding one now, while you’re reading this, aren’t you? Is it fantasy? Romance? Star Wars Slash Fiction? Is it the same genre you write?
Should it be?
What’s the advantage to reading outside your preferred genre?
Well, you’ll be exposed to new writing styles, for one thing.
Cormac McCarthy. Let’s start there. I write fantasy, specifically urban, and spend about 300% of my time (outside aardvark mating season) reading books by the heavyweights: Rothfuss, Martin, Sanderson, Weeks—I know, they’re all epic fantasy…
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