Why Being a Good Reader Makes You a Better Writer: A Conversation With Jeffrey Skoblow

by Jennifer Roberts

It seems so obvious as to almost not be worth stating: Good readers make good writers. Here at Intrepid Times, we’ve taken this on as a universal truth, which is why we spend so much time introducing our listeners to good travel writers on the podcast. But…what is it exactly about the act of reading that inevitably helps us develop better writing skills? It turns out it’s not an easy question to answer, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t going to try!

For this episode, I invited on Jeffrey Skoblow, an emeritus professor of English and an avid reader and writer, to help me (attempt to) answer this question. We talk about how learning to write is like learning a new language, why the choice of what you read can be critically important, the role that community plays in both reading and writing, and how presence and attention factor into both. We even stumbled upon an interesting connection between travel, reading, and writing near the end of the episode that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Listen to the full conversation here:

(You can also listen on Spotify or iTunes.)

You can discover more of Jeff’s work here. His most recently published book, Being and Nothingness & muskrats & trees, is available here.

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