About

This site is for anyone who loves reading, but it is especially for writers who want to improve their writing through close and careful reading.

Why reading?  Well, because…

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.  Simple as that.”     -Stephen King

“With so much reading ahead of you, the temptation might be to speed up.  But in fact, it’s essential to slow down and read every word.  Because one important thing that can be learned by reading slowly is the seemingly obvious but oddly underappreciated fact that language is the medium we use in much the same way a composer uses notes, the way a painter uses paint.  I realize it may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how easily we lose sight of the fact that words are the raw material out of which literature is crafted.”     -Francine Prose

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”     -Samuel Johnson

“Write.  Rewrite.  When not writing or rewriting, read.  I know of no shortcuts.”     -Larry L. King

“Hard writing makes easy reading.  Easy writing makes hard reading.”     -William Zinsser

“Too often students are being taught to read as if literature were some kind of ethics class or civics class — or worse, some kind of self-help manual.  In fact, the important thing is the way the writer uses the language.”     -Francine Prose

“Just write every day of your life.  Read intensely.  Then see what happens.  Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”     -Ray Bradbury

About the Author

The Reading Writer is a very mysterious person from Boston, MA.  She is currently studying writing at the University of Iowa.  When not reading or writing, she’s playing Boggle, passing off fake words like a fiend.