I enjoyed the Neil Gaiman's advice writing posted on Roland E. Yeoman's blog here.
This is what I took from it:
Writers should write. Yes. I agree. And I also liked the analogy comparing writing to dry stone walling. (Because I'm from Derbyshire).
Writers should finish what they start. Yes. Broadly in agreement with this. Although my execution can be a bit patchy.
Writers should read outside their genre. Ooh. Not so good on this one. I read science fiction, horror, and fantasy short stories all the time. A little bit of history and a few classic novels--old favourites re-reads.
When I do read outside my genre, it's usually specific research for a story. And not in great depth. So for my current short story, I've been reading about lymph, vampires through history and Restoration spectacle plays. But only the wiki articles on such.
Tell a lie, I do read a book my very six weeks outside my genre for book club. By eek, I can't say that I love it. Well I love book club, but not my mates' reading choices.
I'm very interested in your responses. Do you find that reading outside your genre helps with your writing?