Did you start Reading first or Writing?

Who or what came first – Hen or egg? Oh yeah! What an idiotic question? Egg and hen. How did they even qualify to have few words dedicated to them in a write-up cleverly woven around reading and writing, let alone starting this post? Is the title just a bait to catch your attention, you all fishes, who are minding your own business in that pond? “Oh! Come on. Don’t beat around the bush. Say it or we are going to get to the other side of the pond where there is real, actual food” – must be one of your thoughts.

Okay. Okay. I am coming down there. In fact I am almost there.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Unlike few questions whose answers have been answered or discovered by humans, this dogma – hen or egg – is still a mystery. But are we here to resolve the most complicated mystery of this world? (pun intended). Of course, not! Let us just do what we are capable of doing, which of course is…. Any guesses? Yes! Absolutely. You people have definitely been getting better with it, with guessing work. “Reading”. One declares. “Writing” counters the other one.

Now, what came first – Reading or writing? Tough one? Absolutely not. We all know how we can read anything unless it is written. There is no way that reading could over-shadow writing. Writing is the ruler, the queen of the kingdom. But if there is a queen, there must be a king too. No. No. No. Don’t take me as “How chauvinist! Can’t a queen rule a kingdom? Why does she need a man beside her?” She can and she will. But in this case, let us consider we have a king too. Who knows they further might have adorable princes and princesses too. Just who knows? Do you? Don’t worry! Neither do I, not at least till this point of time.

But you know and I know that we definitely have to have a king here and that king is none other than ‘Reading’. And once I break the ice, which I think I should do now or you will definitely get to the other side of the pond, we will get to know that a kingdom can be ruled, neither by a king nor by a queen, alone. A kingdom to flourish, needs both these positions to be ruled over by wisdom and intelligence.

Back to the question – Reading before Writing? King before Queen? Or the other way around?

Well, my apologies to the ones who were in the favor of Queen, as Reading has to be before Writing. Let me expound it.

The early-man age, when the language was in its inception stage, when the clothes were yet to be declared as the way of judging one’s character (Oh! Did I say too much?), that was not the age when Hindi, English, Spanish, or French came into existence. And definitely neither the one when humans started to write. Gradually modernization started sailing its ship in the ocean of human civilization, and humans started boarding the ship, unaware of what their future held for them. And eventually landed upon an island where they had books all around them.


Whenever someone asks a question about writing, or expresses his/her wish of becoming a writer (though not many have asked me such questions yet), I tend to ask a simple thing – Have you done your homework? What homework, they would ask. Reading, I would say. Of course, until and unless we haven’t looked over the pool we are going to swim in, how can we dive into it? Before we get to learn to write, we ought to learn to read. Read as much as we can, as long as we can. Not some casual reading, but artful reading. Yes, reading  is an art too, and if you can master this art, the probability of mastering the art of writing increases manifolds.

Don’t believe me? It’s alright.

Have you ever seen an aspiring dancer getting directly onto the stage and showing his amazing moves? You might answer positively for this question and yes, you are right. There are such people. But no one ever took over the world without practicing what they are masters of. But what did they practice? How did they know that this is what that will work for them and the other thing won’t? First of all, by learning about what they are going to get into. What is dance? What are the technicalities? Who are the current masters? How did they master this dance form?

Unless we don’t know what we are going to write, how can we write it? When we read, read the bad reads, we get into the dilemma, a bad one.  “Is this what am I going to write?” is what we might ask with a twisted face. And afterwards when we read the good reads, we get wonderstruck and often into a pressure zone that how can we ever write this good.


Both feelings are important, as good cannot be relished  if we haven’t tasted bad. And once we get to realize the difference between both-the good and the bad, our journey gets simplified, simplified in a way that we don’t spend our time simply by reading anything but by reading good (mostly).

If you will read good, learn good, you definitely will write good, eventually. Having an aim is important, but as important is to study the already-masters in that domain.


Did you notice that ‘Hen or egg’ was the bait to get you to ‘read or write’? Also, the birth of prince and princess is yet to be figured out. Their giggles and laughter might linger around the room after quite some time, not now.

But does anybody know who or what came first-Hen or egg?😛


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24 Comments Add yours

  1. mhiz p says:

    reading actually comes before writing cos we ought to Know the sounds which are actually an art of reading before we can be able to write it
    thanks for such a wonderful post


  2. prashantt says:

    I don’t know about Early man age as i was sick into the history but i guess reading comes first in my case than to writing and i believe one has to be a good reader first before becoming a writer anyways a wonderful post by wonderful wordsmith.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Idle Muser says:

      Thank you, Prashant. 🙂
      😀 Though I used to score really well in history. 😉
      We do agree with the same idea of being a good reader first which gradually will help one in his/her writing too.

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      1. prashantt says:

        Yes,we can write better only if we are reading more stuff.:)

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  3. Laura says:

    Great post, Aditi. I have to agree with the consensus. Reading and then writing, but having said that. I am not one to sit down and get connected with a book for very long, I am one who likes to read other blogs and connect but my passion is writing. I love to read, but I limit myself to subjects and I have to have the desire to learn or know in order to read. I’m not a pleasure reader. In think reading Beowulf in High School is what did it. LOL

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      That’s actually good, Laura. I love reading but when it comes to writing, I dread that moment. I know I keep on repeating myself about how I love writing, but here, what I love the most scares me the most too (a topic of one of my future posts.) I am still on my way of making peace with it, so let’s see how it goes.

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  4. I was a reader in the starting, but as i started reading millions of thoughts used to kill me for not doing anything with them.

    So i started penning them down, and later on people started recognising it. And this is what motivates me to read and write. 🙂

    Lovely post Aditi. 😊

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      Good to know, Sumit!☺️
      Talent does get acknowledged, sooner or later.
      For me it was other way around, but nonetheless reading is as close to my heart as writing.💖 And yes, thank you!😊

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  5. shewrites170 says:

    As for the egg and hen, mother and father of that egg came before both 😂
    As for reading and writing, reading comes first. There are different genres of writing. And we tend to relate to few that we like and not all just like for music or movies. A book maybe good or a best seller or critically acclaimed art but we might not enjoy it much or as much as others would have.
    After absorbing all the genres, we write in a style that we love and relate to even if it doesn’t please everyone but we develop our own style once we get exposed to different works so reading comes before writing and no doubt about it
    Only once you are aware of colours only then you can play with them to paint a picture.
    Great post

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      😄😄-for the hen and the egg part.
      Other than that if to be talked about reading and writing, you actually explained it all so well.
      We develop style and get better with every read, serious read.
      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it.😃😊

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      1. shewrites170 says:

        Lots of love 💕
        Have a great day ahead !!

        Liked by 2 people

        1. Idle Muser says:

          You too, girl!😃😃

          Liked by 1 person

  6. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    I typically like to read the blogs I follow before I write. Sometimes that gives me some more inspiration to write.

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  7. Neal says:

    Had this post been set as a motion picture, I would have awarded it for having the best screen play (here it’s word play) lol. To me,reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Idle Muser says:

      😄Thank you so much, Neal!😃😊
      The whole process of reading and writing is, definitely, like breathing; as different as they seem, both are non-existent without one another (if one likes/loves writing too).


  8. kiranmag says:

    I feel all us are readers before we start writing
    Being children we learn the language
    Learning the language itself is a process of reading
    Reading gives us the ability to express our feelings in form of words which becomes writing

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      I agree, Kiran. What we read, how much we read, and how we read shapes a lot of what we write.
      Reading is the tool, as Stephen King says, for writing. How can we work without having enough tools! Right?😃
      Thanks for reading.😊


  9. Psy says:

    Great, fun lil’ post yo 🙂 I’d tend to agree with you that reading comes before writing. It reminds me of when we are still infants and first learning about the written language – typically we’d get shown the alphabet, how to recognize the symbols/letters, and then start writing them out.

    As for the hen or egg dilemma, haha that’s a tricky one Aditi 😉

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      So were my thoughts while writing this. How can we start practicing what we have never seen (in this case read).
      I am glad you liked it!😊
      If it was hen or egg, we will get to know, one day, some day.😄

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  10. A nice way to connect the title to your post and the point you wanted to put across Aditi. Well, I believe reading is definitely a prelude to writing. But I have heard of people who are not voracious reader but do write well. The thoughts just flow through them and they pick up the pen. But for the majority of us, reading is a first.

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    1. Idle Muser says:

      Hey Radhika!🙂
      I don’t know of any such person, personaly, who is not into reading but writes unbelievably well. Maybe, I have not come across such people yet. But otherwise I really don’t (can’t) believe if one can write exceptionally well without going through and being a traveller of an ever-going journey of reading.🙈

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      1. Though I don’t know that lady personally, I have heard about her in the family. She lived in the village and hadn’t studied much either, but would write verses in praise of the Goddess (of course in the local language) Guess it was a divine blessing!

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    2. Idle Muser says:

      And yes thank you!😊


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