A Goodreads user asked Khaled Hosseini:
How much daily reading do you do? How much is reading important to a writer?
Khaled Hosseini I read daily, Armando, not so much for the benefit of my writing, but because I am addicted to it. There is nothing in the world for me that compares to being lost in a really good novel. That said, reading is an absolute must if you want to write. It is a trite enough thing to say, but very true nonetheless. I cannot understand aspiring writers who email me for advice and freely admit that they read very little. I have learned something from every writer I have ever read. Sometimes I have done so consciously, picking up something about how to frame a scene, or seeing a new possibility with regards to structure, or interesting ways to write dialogue. Other times, I think, my collective reading experience affects my sensibilities and informs me in ways that I am not quite aware of, but in real ways that impact how I approach writing. The short of it is, as an aspiring writer, there is nothing as damaging to your credibility as saying that you don’t like to read.
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Hi, Mr. Hosseini! I am your biggest fan! I just wanted to know, did your words come naturally to you from the start or did you struggle when you weren't that experienced a writer? I ask this because being an amateur writer, I'm having a hard time impressing myself with what I've come up with till date. And if you did struggle at first, what did you do to remedy it?
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