"A good style simply doesn’t form unless you absorb half a dozen topflight authors every
- F Scott Fitzgerald
There is a danger in only writing our own work and not reading the work of other writers. We can get trapped in our limited vocabulary and ideas. Though we need not imitate the writing of other authors, it is healthy for writers to understand what other styles are possible. Through reading of other styles, we can pick and choose what we enjoy, incorporating it in our own writing.
Reading vastly is important as well. If we only have read literature where from a country where English is the primary language, then we are missing out on a whole other universe of material. To read literature from many different countries carries cultures with it. These cultural aspects can be useful when writing stories and poetry. The more complete we are as a writer, the more interesting and engaging we will be to our readers.