How Reading Helps Boost Our Writing Skills

by Mary Mae Edgilez Yburan

Reading is one of the hobbies many of us can never get tired of doing. It is the gateway to all kinds of knowledge. It is one of the best ways to discover new things and acquire additional information. But there are still many who don’t seem to see the excitement of reading as how we at The Memoriter see it.

In school, we were taught to read first before writing. After we familiarized the alphabets and words, it was the time to mimick by writing them down, from letters to words, words into phrases into sentences, then to paragraphs. This was our first encounter with how important reading is with our basic writing skills.
It may be basic but it really helped us a lot now, right?  
Reading and writing are connected to each other. One is nothing without the other. The explanation to that is as simple as what Stephen King once said that if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time to write.
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So, to persuade you more on how reading helps boost our writing skills, here are few reasons we got from the bottom of our hearts:
Reading increases one’s vocabulary
When we read, we often paused on words that aren’t familiar. Then we grab instantly our dictionary or browse on the internet what that word means. Viola, after knowing the meaning, it is instantly saved in our mind bank.
Reading exposes you to many new words that you could use in writing your essays, poems, or articles. In your every reading experience, your vocabulary and background knowledge on a certain topic increases.
Reading makes us discover and know more things.
As you read, you get to know more things. You will discover new information that you could relate to your past experiences, corrects your misconceptions, broadens your understanding, and makes it easier for you to reason out.
When you gain ideas, you will be able to fight writer’s block. It will be easier for you to write because with the concrete knowledge you have. The right words will flow when you face the computer screen or hold a pen and notebook.
Reading makes us learn new patterns, structures and arrangements.
Reading works of others, especially those of professional writers, can help you discover new patterns for organizing composition. You get to be exposed to new methods, patterns and sentence construction, which you could use in writing your articles. Practicing these new methods through writing will make your content exciting. In the process, your writing skills will be improved.
Reading will help you know yourself more and teach you to respect other’s interests.
As you read, you get to know yourselves better and what your interests are. In reading, you will get to know people who share your interest as well. Through forums or book recommendations or comments, you will know what they like and you will know what you’ll write next that will surely get their attention.
Reading is a very important tool to improve your writing. The best thing about this activity is it can never strain you out. It is like hitting two birds with one stone. You are enjoying and having fun while learning. Learn to appreciate reading and see for yourself what it can do to your writing skills.
When we at the Memoriter aren’t writing, we are reading. At the moment, Ms. Nancy Cudis-Ucag, the owner of the Memoriter and a professional writer, is reading the witty and unique Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. While I am reading the remarkable novel of Brian Keith Jackson entitled The View From Here.   

What are you reading as of this moment?