I say B stands for books. Say it with me! B stands for books! I say if you write you read. If you write novels, reading other books teaches you. If you write poetry, reading the poets helps you learn. If you write, you MUST read. NO matter what you write, reading books is the MOST important thing you can do. There are a lot of writerly help books and they're all good. We can learn a lot from them. But. Real. Writers. Read.
Lately I've noticed a lot of writers along the blogosphere of life say that they don't read. They write.
Excuse me????? If you write and you don't read, that tells me something smells NASTY here. How do you know how authors put their books together? Can you really get a feel for the way books are written? DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU CAN WRITE A BOOK WITHOUT READING IN AND OUT OF YOUR GENRE?????
If I didn't read tons of MG novels, I might dream I could write a book, but sriously, yanno?
I'd be beaten before even getting started. So take it from someone who's IN THE KNOW.
I say if you write you read.