Today's post is all about what reading teaches me as a writer.
The easy answer is: SO MUCH!
But let me flesh it out for you a little more.
Reading is a fantastic teacher. You always here that a good writer is a good reader and there are many reasons why. Now that I've started to take writing seriously and am attempting to make a career out of it, I take my reading very seriously too. I can't sit down and read a novel without picking it apart and analyzing what I do and don't like about it.
Here are a few of lessons I've learned so far...
LESSON ONE - The beginning
It makes me realize how vitally important those first four chapters are. There is no time to waffle or slowly work your way into a story anymore, no time for massive chunks of description or backstory. Those elements need to be threaded into the action. The mystery or hook has to be presented early on.
LESSON TWO - The voice
I always struggle with getting the voice right in my stories, but it is easy to pick the books I like, so I try to emulate what I've read.
LESSON THREE - The flow
If the book was successful and did all these things, I like to look back and see what elements they used to entice me and make my reading experience fast and exciting.
LESSON FOUR - Satisfaction
Those are only a few lessons that I have learned along the way. I am bound to learn plenty more as I keep breaking apart these novels and adding all the elements I love into stories of my own.
If you're a writer or reviewer, what do you look for in a good book? What lessons have you learned along the way?
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