I was reading an article recently that had some generic tips for writers, as well as book recommendations for aspiring writers. The only thing that really struck me was that the first suggestion the author made was to read outside of your chosen genre. Personally, I think this is vital for a writer. I believe that reading is the second most important thing a writer can do, apart from actually writing, and I think it behooves us to read in every genre out there. I find there is always something I can take away from a book, regardless of genre, and books in different genres tend to have different strengths and weaknesses.
What do you guys think? I'd like feedback because I thought this might make a nice article at some point.