“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway
These days, though, who has time to read as many books as one wants? I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but with work always waiting to be finished, it is very difficult to find the time to read what I want every day. Sometimes, during the weekend, I sneak in a couple of hours of reading in between doing household chores, email, and tons of other things that still need doing.
As writers, though, the importance of reading regularly cannot be emphasized enough. We are what we read. We get inspiration from what we read. We learn how to write better when we read.
Of course, with the abundance of reading material in various forms today, books are not the only things we can read – whether for the sheer enjoyment of it or for work purposes.
I suppose that, depending on the kind of writing you do, your reading list will be different from mine – and other writers. For example, of you write for a news site, then you probably spend a lot of time reading up on social media news. If you write for an Apple-related site, then you’ll be reading all the Apple-centric sites out there.
Focusing on how to write, tips on writing, the writing life, and similar topics, though, I’d like to share my list of web sites with you.
- FWJ Resources - as they say, love your own! And, we do have some good articles in this section, so I make it a point to take a look as often as I can.
- Brain Pickings – from book reviews to little known stories about our favorite books and authors to art – all these things can be found on the site. And while I often read for pleasure, the writing style of Maria Popova teaches me a lot.
- Pick the Brain – this blog is not exactly about writing, but it does have a lot of inspirational articles which can help a writer. Whether to take a break from writing or to purposely find something motivational, this site can do the trick for you.
- Daily Writing Tips – for a quick “today I learned” (TIL) moment about word usage, grammar, and punctuation (among other things), I like visiting this web site. You have probably noticed that we’ve shared some of their articles as well.
- Goins, Writer - Jeff Goins has built his own tribe in the writing niche, and he has a lot to teach aspiring and seasoned writers. From writing tips to topic ideas to marketing your book, you’ll find help here.
That’s just a handful of the websites I like reading, which I think you will like too (if you’re not already a fan).
What about you? What do you read these days?
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