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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (December 4, 2006)

Reading Leads to Better Writing

Like last week, let's start with Mark Twain: "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

Susan Sontag: "Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer."

Stephen King: "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."

The holidays are coming, an excellent chance for all of us to take some time out, to read, to open up a book or, better yet, to give someone else a book. Remember that used book sellers are a great source of books for reading (besides the library, of course). Just yesterday, I purchased four books with combined cover prices over 200 dollars, but paid only 40 dollars for all of them!

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