How Writers Can Read to Achieve Professional Success

Avil Beckford
7 min readMar 28, 2022

There is no question that both reading and writing are important for professional success. But what many people don’t realize is that the two are interconnected — one cannot be successful as a writer without first being a reader. Reading allows writers to develop their understanding of grammar, syntax, and style. It also exposes them to different writing voices and perspectives, which can help them find their own voice as a writer.

Additionally, reading helps writers stay up-to-date on current trends and developments in their industry, which can make them more marketable to potential employers. Ultimately, the more a writer reads, the better they will become at writing — and that’s why reading should be an essential part of any writer’s routine.

By reading extensively, writers can also learn about the publishing industry and how to submit their work for publication. Additionally, reading can help writers stay motivated and inspired, and provide them with new ideas for writing projects.

Develop a reading habit

Developing a reading habit is key for any writer. Not only will you be honing your craft by reading the works of others, but you will also be expanding your knowledge and vocabulary. Reading widely and critically can also make you a better writer by exposing you to different styles and genres. It can also help you understand how stories are structured, what makes them work, and how to use rhetorical devices to achieve your desired effects.

Be selective in what you read

There are a lot of books and materials to read in this world. How can you determine which ones are worth your time? The answer is simple: be selective. Not everything you encounter will be beneficial. So you have to be choosy to achieve professional success as a writer.

When it comes to reading for work, there are three main types of materials you should consider: books, articles, and blogs. Books tend to be the most comprehensive sources of information, while articles are more concise but provide more recent information. Blogs can be both good and bad sources of information, depending on the quality of the site.

Avil Beckford

Founder, The Invisible Mentor & Art of Learning: Interviewer | Book-a-holic | Reimagining what it means to read nonfiction books