Readers make the best writers…. I think almost every professional writer I know, heard, and read has repeated this.
People who read understand voice because they’ve heard a number of different writers use it.
Readers internalize pacing. The pacing of a story or poem is of the utmost importance.
People who read know more vocabulary. The thesaurus helps, but there’s nothing like knowing the perfect word in the necessary place.
Readers are not affected by others’ style but can recognize a need for individual style.
It’s important to read extensively in your own genre. In academia, we refer to it by “adding our voice to the conversation.” One must know what is being done in order to respond, in any number of ways, to it.
People who read are aware of the benefits that serve their writing.