One very important Tip to being a good Writer is…You must also be a good reader!
I used to hate reading. I know, hate is a strong word, and a powerful word, but I despised it – almost as much as I despise running. I received this patch from a fellow artist while I was on a retreat at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine a few years back. She gave it to me after noticing that I had brought a stack of books to read during the retreat. She also gave me another patch that said Early Bird, because I’d be up at the crack of dawn photographing the fog as it rolled in off the Atlantic Ocean when most people were still sound asleep in their cabins. I think she had a cache of old Girl Scout’s patches that she was trying to pawn off amongst the visiting artists. The silence was so loud on this quiet little island – if that makes any sense to you.
The more that I read, the better I understand the craft of writing. I’m not a fast reader, nor do I think I’m the greatest writer. It all takes practice. I’m glad to finally embrace it.