It is often said that to be a great writer, you have to read voraciously.
Even more importantly, reading outside your normal selection tickles the imagination and widens your perspective. The strangest ideas come from the weirdest places; get out of your comfort zone and read something different.
I’ve always read broadly, but I always come back to a handful of books that prime my thinking-well.
One of the most useful has been Sun Tzu’s Art of War. I swear I could open my copy at any page and find a new plot twist.
Another is my grandfather’s copy of Robert Service’s collected works. Whenever I need to reacquaint myself with my storytelling muse, I re-read a poem like The Ballad of the Black Fox Skin. Works like a charm.
So, over to you.
What is the most read and tattered book in your library?
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