Since it’s the last week and any topic is up for grabs, I wanted to ask about something related to my final essay.
What kind of reading teaches the best writing?
Our Fish reading from last week made the point that reading doesn’t necessarily make someone a better writer, that working with what we’ve read will improve our writing. He even advocates practices attempting to recreate those styles, although I personally have always found those practices awfully tedious.
There are a lot of angles to this question. Does entertaining writing like stories or novels teach us better than articles or texts? Do older novels work better than recent one? Why?
Are they equally helpful if the method is right, or do they each teach us something different? What can we only learn from particular types of reading? Or is it possible to learn anything from anywhere?