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October 23, 2009 5 comments

I was just turned onto Ben Casnocha‘s blog a couple weeks ago through another blogger, Colin Post. Ben recently mentioned a post by writer Justine Musk titled “To Develop Your Writer’s Intuition, You Must First Read Like A Maniac.”

The first thing that caught my eye was this quote: “Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale.”

You should really read the entire post. It’s full of great, passionate writing like this:

Reading is the ‘learning’. You can never learn enough. The more I read, the more experienced I become in just what other writers do to achieve a powerful level of storytelling. As a reader, I enjoy myself, and as a writer, I file those examples away deep in my undermind where they join up with other examples and play around and cross-fertilize and wait for the moment when they’re needed. They become the river of knowledge, influence and inspiration that I can draw from and the more I read, the deeper and wider that river gets.”

I think Musk’s observations encapsulate a lot of the reasons why Planners should read (and write) a obsessively.

Read to learn more about the world.

Write to get a better understanding of what you just learned.

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