The other day a few likeminded people who comprised mostly authors and journalists got together for a debate: ‘whether writers should be avid readers to turn into authors’ was the topic. Majority averred that wide reading is absolutely essential to generate ideas because they cannot come from thin air. The rest strongly believed inspiration need not necessarily come from books but can come from observation and interaction with people and this is found in creative writing.
Later on when I pondered over the ‘issue’ and tried to analyze the reasons put forth by the majority of authors I found they all belonged to the teaching profession and were strongly of the opinion that writing should be serious. I concluded that reading widely will certainly help in improving one’s vocabulary but the writer might be tempted with or without his being conscious, imitate or be influenced by the books he/she reads. However if the writer is keen on writing on a particular subject he/she is passionate about, a deep study is absolutely essential for background knowledge coupled with updation in the respective area.
n.meera raghavendra rao