Not All Readers Are Writers, But All Writers Are Readers

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

Harry S Truman

I have absolutely no desire, whatsoever, to be a leader of anything but my own family. Having said that, I am a reader. For most of middle and high school I read a book a day, or more.

This long time love affair with reading has stood me in good stead. I began writing regularly, and seriously, a few years ago with the idea in mind to enter the course creation arena. As I began practicing my craft, I noticed that the need to write clear, concise, informative articles required me to be able to quickly absorb and collate information.

I may, or may not, ultimately end up creating courses. I think I will, but in March I made a bit of a detour as I began writing a memoir. A memoir doesn’t require research, it requires introspection, but this doesn’t mean that being a reader hasn’t been important.

My grade 10 English teacher stressed the need to read; not just for information, or pleasure, but because reading published work exposed you to properly structured writing. The very act of reading made you a better writer, i.e., to be a good writer, you need to be a reader, so let me update Truman’s quote.

Not all readers are writers, but all writers are readers.


The problem I have now is that the transformation imposed on me in 2021 took away my love of reading. I never understood my high school peers’ complaints about hating to read, until then.

Reading, once one of the great pleasures of my life, has become a chore.

Something I must remedy, if I am to push forward with my writing career.