I am a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up mainly in New York City. I also lived in Montreal.
Junior Contributor I
How Much Should One Read before Starting to Write Fiction?
If one does not read extensively before starting to write, one runs the risk of doing what has already been done. What one might think is original might not be original at all (although there is nothing wrong with a new treatment of an old topic, as long as one is aware of this). Many of our basic story lines go back hundreds or even thousands of years (to the Greeks). One can also learn much about writing fiction by reading a lot of it. However, it is difficult to read all of the important fiction of one country, not to mention the literature of all the world’s nations. How much fiction, then, should one read before embarking on doing it oneself?