Reasons to Read

Last night I attended a meeting of the Willamette Writers, where my friend and mentor Christina Katz was speaking about building a writing platform. Christina has written two excellent books for writers—Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, and Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform. During her talk, Christina read a list of all the reasons she could find that people may want to write. That got me to thinking about all the reasons people may want to read. Here’s what I came up with. It’s a puny list to be sure, so I look forward to reading comments from readers who tell me more.

Reasons to Read:

  • To learn something new
  • To remember something forgotten
  • To relax
  • To laugh
  • To be enlightened
  • To gain perspective
  • To be entertained
  • To get motivated
  • To get sleepy
  • To be stimulated
  • To learn how to do something
  • To pass the time
  • To avoid housework
  • To gain insight
  • To indulge yourself

What’s your reason?

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