If you want to write short stories [JH: or novels, or memoirs, or whatever], you have to read short stories [JH: or N, M, W]. Read the kind of story you would like to write, and read the magazines and anthologies you’d like to be publish in. . . Reading good fiction is like giving your own prose injections of vitamins. -- Ruth Moose in “What makes a good short story?” [in The Writer online. This article is available to subscribers only.]The importance of reading has been mentioned many times on this blog. My goal is to read a few published short-shorts each week. I’m sure there are weeks when that hasn’t happened. As for reading what you want to publish, I’d like to be published in a literary magazine. I read stories in a few of the more highly regarded zines and, once in a while, select one to analyze further. I’ve submitted a handful of stories to these pubs, but they’ve all be rejected. Why? I wish I knew. Perhaps my reading brain and my writing brain aren’t in sync yet. Some people fret because they don’t have the time to read. I have those days; but I manage to read something, even if it’s only a single chapter in a novel. I always find writing I like or don’t like in almost everything I read.