One of bonuses about reading is you can scope out the competition! Reading the books in your chosen genre allow you to see what trends are present, what tropes are most common, and how the pros do it!
The right book at the right time may encourage you to switch genres, try your hand at a fresh retelling of an old story or a new point of view.
Writing should never be static!
Keep writing! Keep reading!
In Love & Ink,