Originally posted on April 10, 2017, “Reading is Cool” stresses how critical reading proves. I have contended for some time that reading expands one’s vocabulary, initiates one’s critical-thinking skills, and diversifies one’s means to articulate.
And I stand by that contention.
I was at a wake this past Wednesday when my buddy’s sister’s fiancé – nicest guy – struck up a conversation with me about writing. Specifically, we discussed generating original ideas and weaving them into a narrative.
Then, he told me he writes on his free-time, which I love hearing because you can’t be a writer unless you actually write – a great lesson I learned about seven years ago. He was messing around with a screenplay at first and now has arrived at a Go Ask Alice–like journal.
But he had reservations: his vocabulary was too limited, in his opinion, nothing like mine, he said. That comment, besides flattering me, led us to discussing narrative voice and how an extensive diction can actually hamper a writer sometimes. It certainly did when I initially wrote Knowing When You’re Too Young to Grow Up. Teenage narrators only know so many words. Humans, in general, only use so many words.