I continue to be shocked by the number of people who tell me that (a) they want to be professional novelists and (b) they don’t read many novels.
I don’t know what to say to these people. Reading is a significant part of this job (and I’m not talking about one book per year).
I thought that was understood.
Studying film and tv shows is also extremely important, especially when it comes to studying story structure. Reading novels, across genre, allows us to study both structure and line-by-line writing.
How many books do you read (or listen to) a year? If you increased that number, how would your understanding of your craft improve?