We Need to Expand our Brains

How Reading Helps You Write

by Christina Hicks, 2 minute read
 
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Self-growth is key for us to live fulfilling lives and to have a successful career.-AJ Agrawal, Verma Media
 
In celebration of Book Lover's Day, this Thursday, August 9th, it is important to focus on the idea of continually learning through reading, which in turn can make you a better writer, expanding your mind, your knowledge base, and your experiences. 
 
There are several approaches to reading - you can read for personal or professional growth, explore new worlds through fiction, or study the vast history of our society. 
 

Choose a challenging topic.

One of the best ways to expand your mind and grow is to select a book that is a challenging subject for you. No matter the subject, if the views are different from your own, the information is entirely foreign to you, or it is something you are interested in learning about, reading challenging material will force your brain to develop new neurological pathways and grow. This can, in turn, provide inspiration, information, or ideas to include in your own writing.
 

See things from another perspective.

Reading about someone else's struggles and successes in life can help you see things from their point of view. Everyone experiences their reality differently, and sometimes just reading about an event from another person's point of view can drastically change the way we interpret things. What would you do if you experienced those same struggles, how would you respond, what can you learn from their story?
 

Research while you read.

If you selected a challenging enough book to read, there is a chance that you will come across topics that you don't fully understand. Instead of getting frustrated and putting down the book, take some time to learn about what you don't understand. Another excellent opportunity for growth, this can engage you even more with the book, and once you have done a little research, you can move on in the text with ease.
 

Make a change in your life.

While reading challenging material won't directly change your life, the actions you take in your life based on the information read can. Whether you develop stronger empathy towards others, expand your vocabulary, or it ultimately impacts the way you look at the world, reading is a habit that can develop us as people in so many different ways.
 
What have you been reading lately?
 
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Christina Hicks is an Author Coach with Monocle Press

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