When writing a book,do you read other books?

I'm a writer and I'm writing a story of my own and I was just wondering when writing one do you also read other books to like get more ideas? And can it be any book or the similar to what your writing? And how does it help you? And please be specific
Thank you very much
Diamond143
Asked Aug 18, 2013
Well when I write sometimes reading other books tends to mess up my thought process, and when it's about the same thing, I often struggle with trying to keep from stealing someone else's ideas, if that makes sense?

If it helps you I don't see why not, as long as you make sure not to copy someone else's ideas--sometimes you'll come up with a really cool thought and when you go back and read it it's like "aw man, that's not mine".

What do I know, I'm just a 13-year-old who has at least 15 unfinished stories but I at least thought I'd try to help since no one's answered yet and I hope this somewhat helps. Good luck on your story!
KLA1N3B0WP0W3R
Answered Aug 19, 2013
I agree with KLA1N3B0WP0W3R. If you are researching a subject, you have to read what others have written and you should always give credit to the author when including the ideas of someone else in your work.

If you are writing fiction, researching basic facts is OK but there is no value in reading another person's stories. It will only become a struggle for you to keep their ideas separate from your own.
Rob
Answered Aug 19, 2013
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