Recently I had the opportunity to discuss the concept of reading other authors’ works. A statement was made that authors need to read other authors works for period language, concepts of genre, and a mean by which one can breath a greater essence of life into your story. Initially I had disagreed with my fellow author. I held dear the belief that an author should not be influenced by another’s work, to be true to one’s self is of utmost importance. However, I was was incorrect.
Take the time to read, find the books that you can use as resources, and place them on a shelf to become your personal reference works. These stories can be invaluable tools for accessing period language, descriptions, and concepts that can help you write that truely amazing work.