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How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Did you know Stephen King gave every writer permission to your ignore friends? In his book On Writing, King stresses the importance of reading. In order to write stories, you have to understand storytelling, and you do that by reading. Even if it means skipping lunch with coworkers to squeeze in a few chapters. Since I began writing, the number of books I read has tripled–no, quadrupled! I used to read around 10 or 20 books a year. Now I regularly read 50 minimum. In 2016 I read 90!
All that to say learning writing has changed how I read. Here’s a handy Top 10 List!
HOW I READ NOW:
TOP 10 WAYS BECOMING A WRITER CHANGED HOW I READ
- I no longer have “guilty pleasure” reads. I believe writers can learn from ANY book.
- But sometimes ANY book isn’t so great. I’ll give a not-great book 50 pages, then move on.
- If it’s a really great book, sometimes I’m simultaneously geeked and frustrated–can I ever write this well?
- I often skip to author acknowledgements to see who the writers thank–inspiring!
- Also thoroughly scoped out: the copyright page, dedication, and author notes.
- Enhanced trope radar. Plus, I’m impressed when an author spins a trope with a fresh perspective.
- I read more widely. People shower me with book recommendations. You like to write? Read this.
- In a matter of pages, I’ve analyzed point of view and storytelling technique.
- Oooh. That’s a great idea. Maybe I could … (IDEAS!)
- Buying books is research. Buying bookcases and decorating a reading nook: enhancing research!