Reading to Improve Writing

(C) 2020, JJ Shaun
To be read pile

I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading. My TBR pile keeps growing, mostly with the magazines I subscribe to. Admittedly, the magazines focus on the American publishing industry, but they do sometimes have articles that discuss international publishing requirements.

I have been reading Writer’s Digest for more than twenty years now, and have subscribed to The Writer for almost ten years. Both are packed with information and advice from writers, agents, and publishers.

Writer’s Digest articles are focused on the craft of writing. I particularly like the Workbook section of WD because it offers advice on ways to improve one’s story from beginning to end. Each Workbook has a theme. Beginnings and Endings, and The Promise of Premise are two recent topics.

The Writer has more information geared toward the professional freelance writer. Many articles relate to how to find publications to which to submit your work, how to more effectively use social media, and other advice on how to maintain a thriving freelance business.

Through the pages of both of these magazines, I’ve discovered podcasts and YouTube videos, writing contests and conferences. All to improve my writing and creativity. Check them out. They might help you too.

2 thoughts on “Reading to Improve Writing

  1. Thanks a lot for this suggestion. I have been reading the reader’s digest for many years now, like you. And I find the experience rather helpful and educational especially when it comes to improving the way I express myself and the way I see things around me. I also find it helpful to actually put myself into practice and hopefully get criticisms that might help me pinpoint my weaknesses and improve on them later on. I have found this website and I hope that they do open the doors to freelance writers, so we can hone our skills better as we connect with others who might need our writing to boost their businesses or something like it 🙂

    Again, thanks for your post. I am looking forward to reading one of your blogs again soon.


    1. Thank you, Ruth. I try to keep alert to ways to keep myself motivated, especially right now. I’ve been catching up on my magazine reading (yeah, I’m WAY behind) and came across an article in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, called “What’s the Big Idea?” that gives 15 hints, tips, and tricks to kickstart ideas. If you have that issue, check it out.


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