Thought this title might cause some confusion or at least give you a chance to think about it. As writers, we have been told to read and read all books. Not just in your genre, but in other genres that may be unfamiliar to us. This gives us a chance to observe different styles, different words, and the opportunity to see how writers put them together. Reading out of your comfort zone increases the writer's ability to visualize, stretch the imagination, and push their writing to the 'edge.'Sometimes this takes a writer to a different and scary part of their experience. What's to say that men cannot write fantastic romance or women can't write about racing cars? Getting out of our comfort zone take courage and practice. What about readers becoming writers? Who's to say yes or no. Have you read a book and thought, "I could do better than that." Then sat down at blank screen and the keyboard waiting for you to pounce on the keys. This can be a frightening experience and you realize how this can scare you away from writing. I used to go into a library and head for the same content...murder, detective genres. Then, I became interested in the same genre with a lot of romance intertwined. Sometimes, I headed toward the non-fiction or historic novels such as Personal History, autobiography of Katharine Graham, or Savage Beauty, the life of Edna ST. Vincent Millay to name a few. Did this change my writing? Yes and No. I became more concerned about words I chose to use. Yes, I read a lot of books and keep a running list in my possession at all times. This is a turn-around list. I keep the authors and can add any new one at any time. My version is listed under their names by titles I have read. Sure saves time returning a read book. Take a look at your own reading and writing and see how this influences you and your writing. What new avenues this has helped you cross and how you did it. I'd love to hear from you and get your ideas. With your permission I will have a post to compliment all of you readers and writers. On a personal note, the first author I remember reading is ZANE GREY. HAPPY READING. HAPPY WRITING. AND A VERY HAPPY YOU.