What’s your favorite book, or who’s your favorite author, in the genre you write?
If you can’t answer that question, then it’s time to head to the library or bookstore.
Reading other works in your genre has so many benefits for you as a writer:
- Be Inspired: Read with curiosity and wonder because inspiration abounds everywhere, especially in books we love. Maybe you’re just inspired to exist in a world where a book like this exists. Or maybe the author is clever and plays with structure in an interesting way. Or prompts you to wonder about something that becomes your next great idea.
- Find things to avoid: What does the author do that annoys you?
- Discover tropes.
- Stay current with trends.
- Support a fellow writer.
- Learn about comps (when writing a query, book proposal, or preparing your elevator speech). Comps is short for “comparative titles.” It means books that are similar to yours.
We’ve all heard ad nauseum how saturated the book market is, but as long as there are writers, there will be voracious readers eager to sink into their next good book.