Found this in amongst my emails, thought the questions might be of interest to you even if you decided against doing the survey.
I would recommend you do this, often:
When you read something that excites you, analyse why it works so well, include these strengths in your own writing. When you read something that you believe is below par (and yet it has been published) analyse the weaknesses and avoid them in your own writing.
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And now the survey…
How does your reading affect your writing?
The latest Mslexia Survey
Hello, it’s me again…
With another wee survey to distract you from your writing for a few minutes. (Though people have told us that our questions are actually quite helpful in clarifying their thoughts about their creative process and their writing lives).
Our Guest Editor Bernardine Evaristo wanted us to investigate how what we read feeds into our writing. We thought that sounded interesting too.
There are ten multiple choice questions, so it should only take ten minutes to complete. The survey closes at midnight on Saturday 16 August.
As ever, your responses are anonymous and it’s impossible to match them with your contact details. If you’d like to respond more personally, or at greater length, or contribute to the Letters pages in the magazine, please email your comments directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you do respond in this way, please let me know if you’d prefer your contribution to remain anonymous.)
The link to the survey is below.
Very many thanks.