Writers sometimes forget the importance of reading. Just about everyone who writes started out as a voracious reader, but working on the craft of writing ends up displacing time previously spent reading. Over at Dead Darlings, Kelly Robertson takes a look at the importance of continuing to read:
It is only by reading a lot can we really interpret what we learned in all of our classes. Sure, we can listen to our instructors, do exercises, and read snippets of novels in class, but we really can’t figure out what works and how it works unless we read through to the end. So when thinking about your summer reading list, select a favorite and reread it. You may learn something.