Good Readers make good WritersWell-readers make well-written writers
Well-readers make well-written writers
When my friends and I, as passionate college kids, asked the Nobel Prize winner and author Seamus Heaney (may he take a rest) what he would recommend to up-and-coming writers, his response was simple: Writers, teachers and scientists all agree with his answer: The most important indication of a prospective writer's success is that he or she reads (and is often heard).
I often suggest that as a writer, I should study paperback, hardback, digitized literature, audiobooks - and not just in silence. People often get more out of a textbook when they hear it out loud, and no one is ever too old to hear a good story. A further explanation why clouds of speech and audiobooks are such a good concept is the fact that speech is primarily talked and listened to and only in the second line is there.
In our mind, when we type, we spell what is good. When the pupils hear great poems, tales, words and etudes often and repetitively (e.g. at work, during sports, while driving, while relaxing in the bedroom, etc.), they will begin to anchor the structure of sentences and rythms in their memories.
Repeated listen is great when it comes to reading. Of course, once the pattern is there, it will appear in the student's speech and correspondence. The first thing we learnt in this circle of hearing and imitation was to talk our mother tongue, so we are learning to type with an elegance of tone.
Similarly, the oral discussion of textbooks and paragraphs can be the most important and efficient way to build understanding and thought, two very important elements of high quality literacy. Nutrition in the health of a book comprises a wide range of classical literatures from different styles and epochs, with great help of the poetic, the King James Bible and great orations.
Irrespective of one's own religion or opinion on Bible translation, the King James Bible is also classical writing and is the basis of our linguistic and literary heritages. The imprinting and reciting of loved poetry and essays reinforces the oral pattern even more and gives the learned person a long-lasting fount of gladden.
After all, poesy - and poetical fiction - is a sensuous thing to be listened to and savored for the way it rings, the way the words in your mouths sound, and the pictures that words in your head induce. In front of the TV and the films, in front of the book and the print shop there were verses and tales that were read around the stove.
Those poetry and storytelling still give us a lot of willpower.