Read! Read More!

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As a writer, it distresses me to know so many people who never read. Oh, they’ll read a technical article or a manual, whatever, if it’s absolutely required of them for work–but a novel? Not on your life.

I think the way the public schools teach reading has a lot to do with it. As a little child, I couldn’t wait to learn to read. My mother, my aunts, my grandparents, were always reading. They read things to me. So I was just itching to be able to read for myself.

But in school they turn it into tedious work, dull, dry, please-make-it-stop…

If you’re a poor reader, then reading won’t be pleasant for you and you won’t have any desire for it. If I were your tutor, I could fix that for you: it’s not that hard, and I have the training for it. There are techniques that you can learn, that anyone can learn, which will enable you to read faster and with better comprehension; and by and by, reading won’t be painful for you anymore.

I doubt I can teach this in a series of blog posts. I suppose I could try, if enough of you wished it.

I do wish my own books could get a wider readership. They’re all available here, you know: just click “Books” on the home page. It’d be nice if we had them in the form of audiobooks; then all you’d need is an attention span.

But you must do some reading, or you wouldn’t be here at all. Do me a favor: go to the home page and click “Books,” browse a bit, and see what you think. What have you got to lose?

4 comments on “Read! Read More!

  1. I think one of the most important things is to have a teacher who enjoys reading him- or herself. Then you need things that are intriguing to hear about, which triggers the desire for more, and the “more” being obtainable by reading. “Dick and Jane” just don’t cut it.

    1. Our high school required reading list was guaranteed to put teens off reading, maybe permanently. We had an edition of “Ivanhoe” that would’ve done credit to Joe Collidge.

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