HOW TO READ A BOOK (For Writers)
Always read a book with a pen in your hand.
This affords you the opportunity to underline and codify the passages you like for easy reference later on:
:)--cute, clever, or funny
Of course, you can always use color-coded post-its to do the same thing:
But, a pen also enables you to jot down notes as you go along...
...as well as keep a list of words whose definitions you need to look up some time later on:
Because every fresh metaphor, every snappy line of dialogue, every new word we encounter makes us better writers. What we learn through recovery, reflection, and repetition elevates our work. Reading makes us better writers, and writing makes us better readers.
And...if you think writing is boring,
you could be doing that wrong, too.