There’s a book I read once that used an analogy of two things going together like peanut butter and jelly.
I can’t remember the title but I do remember reading the French version and the analogy was slightly and culturally adapted to “butter and jam.” Makes me think of tartines, sliced baguette with fresh preserves and butter.
The Italian version: tomato and mozzarella.
The vegetable version: peas and carrots.
Writers and teachers and others will tell you that reading and writing go together like peanut butter and jelly, like butter and jam. Probably more eloquently than that.
Any way you look at it, the two are inseparable. If you want to become a better writer, you must read, read, read.
There’s a little bit of a curse that comes with being an English major, a writer: you can’t resist the urge to want to write in the margins or underline key texts.
I love a good novel as much as the next person and my analytical mind loves it even more.
As a French teacher, I was always trying to balance the reading/writing activities in the classroom and it’s no different in English.
So, my writing friends, I encourage you to 1) keep writing and 2) take breaks from writing to read the greats.
Parents, continue reading to your children