Writing and Reading

Writing and reading go hand in hand. As Stephen King wrote, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” That’s why I set aside time every day to read, not just children’s books, but works of adult fiction and non-fiction that inspire me.


When my children were young, I used to take them to the library every week in order to expose them to quality children’s literature and cultivate an interest in reading. My imagination would take off like crazy during these trips, as I saw examples of fine illustrated kids books. I couldn’t wait to create a series of my own.


Even now with my hectic schedule after I’ve launched my Danny the Dragon children’s  book series, and even though my kids are all grown, I still keep abreast of the children’s literature market for my own edification and inspiration by checking out the latest kids books. I also devote part of my day to reading whatever captures my imagination from children’s and adult book authors alike.


Tina Turbin




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4 Responses to Writing and Reading

  1. gina says:

    Stephen King is The Man! I say if you want advice, go to someone who has proven themselves to be successful at what they’re giving advice about, and that’s why I was so glad when he put out a book on writing. Loved it!

  2. Janet plining says:

    I totally agree! How else do you get inspired or get ideas? Or — and this is my problem– learn that it’s already been done before. There are times when I’ve had great, seemingly original ideas, but then I read other books and found out it had been done before, so I moved on to write something that was truly unique!

  3. vanessa vega says:

    Great advice! My daughters are both writers and they are so happy to hear all the helpful tips you have for writers. They have even set up writing spaces because of an old post you had. It’s so cute!

  4. Amandah says:

    I totally agree. I loved Stephen King’s “On Writing.”

    My nephew isn’t a big fan of ‘reading’ the required reading for school, but it he gets through it. I told him he can enjoy reading by going to the library and checking out books he’d like to read.

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