Reading gives you a view of what is popular and acceptable as a writer. What genres do people like? What writing style? Are selective are readers when it comes to editing? To answer these questions, you have to do a lot of reading.
These are great tools to help you see what is the hot reads of the day. What is flying off shelves? Check out the bestsellers. Read them. Critique them. What can you learn from them?
Remember that you can also learn how not to write. Some books have hit the bestsellers list due to the topic more than the writing. In fact, the writing has been seen as absolutely atrocious yet the author sold books. Please don’t imitate them.
The classics are called that for a reason. They have held popularity over time that most best sellers never do. It happens for a reason.
Many can become classics due to the poetic writing that can be found between the pages. Others deliver universal messages that every generation can relate to. Read these words to get ideas on how to write in a classic style or deliver a classic message.
Even if you want to just write romance, read the other genres. Get a feel for how they deal with different scenes and emotions. You might find yourself crossing genres and creating your own unique mix.
Different Writing Styles
As you read these different books, you’ll get a sense of the different writing styles. You don’t want to just imitate them. You need to learn from them. What works for a specific scene? What works to make dialogue flow smoothly? Read first person stories and third person. Which ones appeal to you?