Is It a “Bad Idea” to Read While You Write?

Zadie Smith reads while she writes; Rachel Cusk does not

I watched an interview with Rachel Cusk a few months ago. She said it was “quite a bad idea” to read anything while she was working on a novel.

Q: Are you able to read other authors while you’re writing?

A: That’s usually quite a bad idea … It




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