Reading helped immensely. Lots of books. Fiction, biography, memoir, science and history. It goes way back. Back to some of my earliest memories. Mom reading stories to my brother and me. Mother Goose and Bible stories. We didn’t have much extra money but she always found a little to let me buy chapter books in grade school and then even comic books from the news stand on Center Street. There wasn’t much on television in those days so books opened up the world outside of the rural farm country where we lived.
Now I read a bit less but focus it more toward learning what pushes me to write better stuff. But I still remember the thrill and anticipation inside as I dropped down on the curb out front of the news store and opened up that ten cent comic book….