Reading is one of those things that every writer knows that they should do, but a lot of us just don’t make time to do. I’ll be the first to admit that I am horrible at making time to read. When faced with everyday chores and activities, combined with your own in-work novel, it’s easy to classify sitting down with a book as time wasted.
But is it really?
Or is that just an excuse; a subconscious lie we tell ourselves so we don’t feel bad about not reading. Maybe if we as writers realized the benefits of reading—especially reading inside your chosen genre (or genres)—we’d be a lot more eager to pick up a novel and take the time to read it cover to cover.
So what are some of the benefits of reading inside the genre(s) you plan to write in?