Read Like Writers, Write Like Readers

quotation-marks If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or tools to write.  -Stephen King

I often tell my students to read like writers and write like readers.  It's one of those meta things that makes them think a little more critically about their own literacy.

I've always heard that reading and writing are two sides of the same coin.  It's a weighted coin, though.  They're inextricably linked, to be sure.  But, they’re not necessarily equal in correlation.

I've had many students who love reading and are excellent at it.  These same students may or may not be great writers (at least not yet).

But, great writers are almost always passionate readers.  In my experience, I've never had a talented writer who didn't love reading.  This is one more reason that I strive to create an authentic community of readers in my classroom.

What's your experience?