I wonder and worry about this question. I enjoy writing and am more than proficient at the craft, but my experience with novels has been few with the exception of a few books as assignments. Reading books I can do, but I find no great joy in the endless amount of detail that plague some of the world's "classics". Put off by novels, I have recently turned to graphic novels, and now (since my interest lies in theater) I am reading plays, which are much easier for me to follow. From all of this I get that I am an easy listener, but a spacey reader and prefer speech to excessive explanation. What is your opinion? Do you have to be a great reader to be a great writer?