Books Magazine

How Reading and Writing Inspires Me

By Steph's Scribe @stephverni
How Reading and Writing Inspires MePhoto by Thought Catalog on

There are few things that give me more pleasure than totally immersing myself in (a) reading a book, and (b) writing a book.

Reading has saved me in many ways. It’s made me smarter, more empathetic, more worldly, and a better writer. It’s given me a sense of purpose. As a youngster, I was too busy playing all the time and being active; I didn’t really fall in love with reading until my senior year of high school, when I read a novel that opened up my world. From that point on, I became a reader. Reading has allowed me to visit places and see things I have yet to see; it’s given me a stronger understanding of other people, cultures, and places and not left me narrow-minded; and it’s helped me nurture and develop ideas of my own. I’m constantly inspired to read something good–and I continually seek recommendations from others.

Writing has helped me just as much, if not more so. In college, after being inspired by several writers I was reading, I wrote myself a note that read, “I want to be a novelist,” when I realized that I wanted to be a writer. It was a goal of mine at that age, and I wrote the note in a class on a paper I had gotten back from an admired teacher. I just recently found the manuscript and was flabbergasted that I actually wrote the words on paper. I made a pact with myself that I would someday publish something worth reading, and I’m proud of the fact that I set a goal and lived up to it.

How Reading and Writing Inspires Me

To date, I’ve published four works of fiction, and one academic textbook.

I love writing, and couldn’t imagine a life without it. It’s the thing I turn to in free time and in scheduled time, because I love it so much. It is my number one favorite thing to do outside of work and spending time with family. I’m constantly inspired to write.

As part of #NaNoWriMo, I am writing a fifth novel, one that I may seek representation for. I will know better when I finish the darn thing.

Until then, I urge you to open the doors to reading…and writing…if you can find a place for them in your life.

Below is a video of my fiction books that are for sale. I hope you’ll check out what I’ve been writing lately. For more information about each, click here.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • HCTF Premiere - Slum Summer: Bobby

    HCTF Premiere Slum Summer: Bobby

    Anglo-American indie band Slum Summer pair an American lo-fi garage rock vibe to an English sense for melody on their single Bobby, a taste from their... Read more

    6 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Hctf
  • Tony Montana’s White Suit in Scarface

    Tony Montana’s White Suit Scarface

    Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface (1983)VitalsAl Pacino as Tony Montana, impulsive and hotheaded cocaine dealerMiami, Summer 1981Film: Scarface Release Date... Read more

    6 hours, 45 minutes ago by   Nguzan
  • China Has Strict New Rules for Climbing Everest

    China Strict Rules Climbing Everest

    With the winter fall climbing season in the Himalaya now behind us and the spring climbing season still a bit far off, you would think there wouldn't be much... Read more

    6 hours, 46 minutes ago by   Kungfujedi
  • Managing the Micromanager

    Embed from Getty ImagesMicromanagers want to control every aspect of their employees’ work, down to the smallest detail. They insist on being consulted about... Read more

    6 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Candacemoody
  • 8 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Business Crises Ahead

    Ways Prepare Yourself Business Crises Ahead

    Most entrepreneurs see their new venture as a fun adventure, until the pressures of a cash flow crisis, or a manufacturing quality problem, or a major customer... Read more

    7 hours, 16 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling
  • Christmas Style: Neutrals + Last Minute Gift Ideas

    Christmas Style: Neutrals Last Minute Gift Ideas

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Meijer. All opinions and thoughts are my own.  Is anyone else having super weird weather where they... Read more

    7 hours, 27 minutes ago by   Thesamanthashow
  • The Cup Chronicles Cafe

    Chronicles Cafe

    Cup Chronicles Café is a cozy café located on 12th Main, Indiranagar, Bangalore. The place opened only few weeks back and has managed to attract crowd to try it... Read more

    7 hours, 29 minutes ago by   Rohit Dassani