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In a market oversaturated with content, it’s hard to stay up to date and write something new. However, it’s vital that a writer doesn’t live at his or her writing desk. Nothing is read in a vacuum, so nothing should be written in a vacuum. M. Todd Gallowglas, Writer, Critic, and Educator explains why writers need to be continually reading materials inside and outside of their genre. If he has one piece of advice for writers, it’s to read. “Read widely. Read voraciously. Read twice as much as you write,” says Gallowglas. He says that it’s reading that keeps writing fresh and exciting. For example, he thinks fantasy is stagnating because people are reading only fantasy. You should read widely within a genre but also read widely outside of that genre so you can bring new ideas to a manuscript. Watch the clip below to learn more from Gallowglas about how reading can benefit your writing.
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