Back in the mists of time, I would put a lot of time into reading, and would read pretty much anything I could lay my hands on.
Then I started writing, and it is very very rare that I read any fiction now.
Yet whenever I look at any forum, writing advice etc, it always suggests that you read lots.
The problem, for me, is that if I read a piece of writing that I particularly like, I will unconsciously allow the style, grammar, flow of that piece to seep into whatever I'm writing.
Being well read makes me more likely to write in facsimiles of other's and I'd rather create my own style
Is this something that other's tend to experience also?
So, how important is being well read, for a writer...
Edit to clarify
In all aspects of life I enjoy figuring problems out, without relying too much on what has gone before. Often I find I have reinvented the wheel, I enjoy exploring the reasoning behind a problem, and the nuances of why it is a problem in the first place.
To my mind, if I am struggling with some mechanism in a story, I could read other authors' work, and use their methods to solve the problem I've got, or I can explore the problem for myself and build my own mechanism to achieve the goal.
I am reasonably content in my approach to my own writing, and can't imagine that changing any time soon, but I saw another question and thought this would make an interesting question for anyone else who might have a similar approach.