The title of this post pretty much says it all already.
It's my firm belief that a good writer needs to be a good reader. Being a good reader isn't the ability to read fast or copiously, but rather understand the material, sort of what your teacher used to try and teach you in school with all those ridiculous interpretative essays. Being a good reader is knowing what a story is about, and how the writer tells it. It's probably about reading more than one kind of story, even if you have a favorite.
Basically, if you can't do any of that, you probably will never be much of a writer. Being a good writer while being a good reader isn't aping your favorite material. If that's your goal, then you will never be a good writer. Being a good writer is about being inspired, and being a good reader will help you be inspired all over the place. Being a good reader makes you observant, and not just when reading, but out in the world that is not specifically composed of words.
So that's what I have to say about that.
Recently I told you I would be working on a bunch of stuff, and some of that stuff I actually did finish, and when I said I hoped I would. I finished the first draft of "Unsafe at Any Speed," and sent that off. And then I wrote "Outliers - A Deep Space Nine Celebration."
I'm pretty proud of both, but can only show you one of them. Here's links to "Outliers":
Part 1 (featuring Ben Sisko, Jadzia Dax)
Part 2 (Nog, Rom, Quark)
Part 3 (Miles, Keiko, Bashir, Odo, Kira, Worf)
Part 4 (Dukat, Kai Winn, Garak, Eddington, Kasidy Yates, Weyoun, Tora Ziyal, Female Changeling Damar - it should be noted that even though there are a lot of characters in this one, you should at least pay attention to Dukat and especially, as always, Garak)
Part 5 (Martok, Vic Fontaine)
Part 6 (Zek, Ishka, Ezri Dax, Molly)
Part 7 (Jennifer Sisko, Jake Sisko, Morn)
Enjoy! Or not!