A Place to Share for Writers and Teachers
Is it snooty to say that, for certain people, there's just a natural bent toward writing? That's just the way some of us are wired ... period. End of story.
However, having said that, I think that reading is the biggest, greatest influence (besides our environments) on our writing. Not that I copy anything of what I read, but when I am reading, I tend to be influenced by the writing of those that move me ... if that makes sense?
Does reading more improve writing? YES! I can see it in many of my students.
Will it help everyone be good, solid writers? Again, I reference my comment above. I'm certainly NOT wired to be a mathematician. One look at my checkbook will help you determine that! Exposing me to more numbers is just going to make me more comfortable with them, not cause me to be more numerical and linear in my thinking ...
Does any of thise make sense? I've managed to come down with yet another head cold ... the synapses are firing well ... if at all!