Here’s a riddle for you: A group of writers who don’t read square off in a race around the world.
They race against the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, and a young Justin Timberlake.
Give up? The answer is a young Justin Timberlake.
Because the other three don’t exist!
Simple joke. But it also happens to be true
And yes, of course, there is no shortcut.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.
-Stephen King, On Writing