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Tip II: Love Reading

If you don't love reading, you should also be questioning yourself whether being a writer is the right profession for you.

For it's only when you read a lot – about your topic of specialization as well as general knowledge material – that you can become a good writer.

But reading is not just for acquiring knowledge. It also helps you to learn about different writing styles and ultimately allows you to eventually develop your own writing style.

Long before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. I was amazed at the capabilities of some of the writers I came across. I wanted to be just like them.

The more I read, the more I understood the process of writing, for I didn't just read, I also analyzed the different writing styles.

You should read and read and read. That is your only hope of ever developing a decent individual style.
Steven Koch, Princeton and Columbia writing teacher

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