Why joining a book club can help your writing

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I’ve always wanted to be part of a book club and 2011 was the year I finally did it.
Joining the Matchbook Book Club has not only given me the opportunity to meet some great people but I think it has also helped me as a writer.

Here’s how:

Joining a book club forces you to read. And, as Stephen King so perfectly puts it, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Reading books I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen for myself lets me experience new genres and styles of writing that I may have ignored otherwise. So while I might not be a huge fan of romance and fantasy novels, as a writer there are many things I can learn from those genres.
Getting together to discuss books is a great way to see how others felt about characters and plot and to perhaps get some insight into what they thought worked and didn’t, which is all pretty invaluable to a writer.

Writing can be pretty solitary work. Joining a book club means taking a break to have some fun and talk about books. Walking away from your computer every now and again is good for those creative juices.

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