A few months ago, I finally got around to finishing the book on my nightstand. But when I went to write down said book in my journal, I shrieked (or would have if the beneficent Mr. Hall hadn't been snoring away). It had been months since I'd last read a good book.
That won't do at all, grasshopper. To write well, one must read well-written works. There is much to be learned from the Fame and Fortune of others. So read, read, read. Write, too. But don't let your reading take a backseat. Or how else will you recognize great literature when you see it, especially if you're the one hoping to write it?