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Could you write great /lit/ if you don't read, or does it make you a fraud?
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I would say yes because of guys like the ancient Greeks but I'm guessing you don't have a community of storytellers around you so no, you need to read.
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you should never read anything, it will make your work derivative

real niggas reinvent everything by themselves
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>>11452794
I think /lit/ overestimates how much reading you have to do to be a writer, and >>11453084
is unironically correct when he points out that reading too much can make your work derivative.

That said, you can learn a lot by reading bad fiction. You can also expand your concept of what a story is by reading certain writers (Borges is a common example).

Past a certain point though, you only get better through practice. Reading can only get you so far.
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>>11452794
yes brew.
>>11453084
yes brew
>>11453108
yes brew
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You can't write if you don't read, dick fuck.

Outline your story and characters. Get a good sense as to what your story is about. Then look up similar books and read as many of them as you can. You learn the tropes of the genre and can figure out clever ways to subvert them.

Or just be a faggot, I don't care.
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>>11453363
>genre




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