Reading as a Writing Professional

In a conversation with Peter Hajinian and Kevin D. Hendricks last week, we got started on the topic of books and reading regularly. This summer, I’ve heard a lot of writing professionals stress the importance of continually reading and learning, and as a writing major, I’ve heard numerous times from my professors that you can’t be a good writer if you’re not a good reader. However, everyone I seem to talk to claims to be super busy (myself included). So, how do these people continually read if they’re as busy as they claim?

As Kevin and Peter were talking about how many books they’ve read thus far this year, it made me think about this quandary. (And since Kevin is the author of 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love with Reading, I figured he must know something on the subject.) I assumed they were talking about books like Developmental Editing or Strunk & White—good books, but I don’t know if I could read them all the time during the year.

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