Donald J. ClaxtonFollowJun 24·6 min read·Member-onlyFull-frontal Nudity of the Soul for WritersTo Write Better: Read, Read, ReadHow many novels must you read to affect your writing? At least 101 books.Image of 1947 Royal DeLuxe Typewriter. This model is said to have been Hemingway’s favorite. Now one of mine, too. (Photo by Donald J. Claxton)Writing a novel? You must read, read, and read … at least 101 novels.