That subject title was actually a little hard for me to type! It's no secret that I love to read, and some of my long-time blog readers will also know that I love to write as well. Both have been central to my life for... well... for as long as I can remember, and I can't imagine living without one or the other or *shudder* both.
I have to admit, this is almost a foreign notion to me. For me, I feel like whatever skill I have in writing is due mostly to the great deal of books I go through. Reading so much from such a young age lends an ear for detecting rhythm and helps provide a natural sense of how to craft a story.
For example, once I read a writing book that dissected the format of a general story, with Act I, Act II, etc., and it introduced the concept of "doorways". Reading about that was intriguing to me because I've always known on some level about this kind of structure simply because I've seen it so much in books, but I never really thought or heard about giving a name to it like that.
So, what about you? Are you a reader, a writer, or both? If you're a writer, how has reading helped you?