There is no doubt that reading a lot will improve your own writing skills. But do you think it's mandatory to be a big reader in order to become a successful writer? I ask this because back in high school, I used to be a heavy reader. I'd go through about 2 or 3 novels a week and spent all my lunch breaks at the school library. However, I cannot remember pretty much everything I read. The only ones that stuck to my head are maybe Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and a few Stephen King. It feels like me being a big reader is somewhat a fake memory, so distant and blurry. For some reason, by the end of high school, my pace slowed and I'd read maybe one book a month. Once I got in college, I stopped reading altogether except for mandatory reading in English and French class. I'm now 26 which would mean I stopped reading for pleasure for a about a decade. I'm currently slowly getting back into it (and I do enjoy it a lot!) but I'm unsure how this huge hiatus is going to affect me as a writer. To put it lightly, I currently feel like a "noob" when it comes to literature. It seems like whenever you hear someone's success story they've been going at their craft since they could walk and know everything about their chosen field. You would never hear an actor say "yeah, I don't watch any movie" or a musician say "I don't listen to a lot of music". What do you guys think of this?