The Importance of Reading and Writing
Everybody likes stories. We cannot deny this fact. A lot of children have bed-time story sessions and they listen to these stories. Some get stories read out from a book and some enjoy the stories created by the storyteller. Your storyteller might be one of your parents, grandparents or an elder brother or sister. I remember how excited I used to be for my bed-time story session. Every night I would go to my father and he would tell me story of a naughty Jinn. He would all the time annoy his teacher and later he would apologize for misbehaving. The lesson used to be that we should always respect our teachers.
When I was 6 years old, I believed that tooth fairies are real. They come and place a penny under the pillow in exchange for the tooth a child has lost. Instead of a shiny coin I got a book for a gift from my tooth fairies. It was Alice in the Wonderland. I was 9 years old when I found out that my parents are my tooth-fairies.
It is important that parents should try to make children fond of reading. A child who reads will become an adult who thinks. According to Elizabeth Hardwick the greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
It is an old myth that reading has an effect on a person’s personality. For example, people who are fond of fiction novels can empathize. It means that they can feel what another person feels while going through some situation.
Books take you to a world that is the writer’s own creation. It is an excellent way to get relaxed. The scientist of University of Sussex did a research in which they conclude that it is better to read to reduce stress level as compared to the traditional methods such as listening to music or having a cup of tea. It reduces stress level by up to 68%. Through reading you get to learn about the writer’s beliefs, different societies, their beliefs, cultures and tradition.
Reading and writing are very important for effective communication. A person good in communication skills, know how to share their ideas. They know what words and tone would be suitable for a particular situation. It also gives you the ability to analyze critically.
Reading not only makes you educated and a good communicator, empathizer, and a critical analyzer, it also makes you wise. Adler says,
“A good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable—books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life”
Nowadays, due to advance in science and technology writing is not only done through pen. We can also type on the computer. Microsoft Words is my favourite place to write on because it marks errors and you correct them and learn. You learn and improve your writing when you practice it.
There is a link between reading and writing. If you read a lot, you will end up having a good written expression. You are able to express your views in a good way as compared to those who do not read. Only being good in speaking English is not enough. There are always so many ideas in your mind trying to find their way on the paper in black in white. During my summer vacations when I was in class 8th, we got a list of books to read and then write a book review. I started with A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and then I started reading Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I read a lot. Often I would get scolded by my parents for not giving proper time to my studies. I would spend most of my time reading novels. I found a great change in my writing when school re-opened and the teacher told us to write an essay. Before summer vacations my English notebook used to full of errors. After that the number of errors had reduced a lot.
Many people will agree with me that people who are fond of reading are fond of writing. I agree with Stephen Spielberg’s saying. Only a generation of readers can spawn a generation of writers. They start with writing for class assignments. Then it moves on to the next step that is writing journals. The third, and I guess it’s the final step, is seeing your own name on published books. Everybody starts dreaming of having people who admire your writing. According to Stephen King, “If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
“Work. Write. Read. Write some more. Read some more. Keep putting words on the page or on the screen, because that’s the only way you’ll get better.”― S.J. Watson
Imagine how wonderful would it be to see your book in your favourite bookstore and with people as they read it.
Websites like Wattpad, Inkitt etc. have made it easy for people to publish their writings. Goodreadsis also playing a very important role in spreading the love for reading. It is an online library where you get to choose and know about the new book you want to read. You can also make a collection of books that you own, you have read and want to read. Other than these apps, Hemingway editoris also very good for improving writing skills. It incorporates the writing style of Earnest Hemmingway.
Many people write but they say that they are afraid of publishing. It is not publishing they are afraid of but the reviews. Negative criticism scares them. You cannot get rid of such fears if you don’t try. Be brave. Share your imagination with people you trust and who are sincere to you. Their reviews are as sincere as they are to you. You will never learn till the moment you don’t face your fears and test your skills. According to Ray Bradbury,“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”