I am one of those people that researches anything I get involved with to the extreme. Since making the decision to write a novel I have immersed myself in reading advice on writing, stories of successful writing and, most importantly, on how to be a good writer. On the subject of being a good writer, there are two pieces of advice that seem to be consistently present (stop me if you heard this one before) write everyday and when not writing, read.
I understand that the advice to write everyday is an extreme view of what writers should do, but I also understand that to be good at anything takes a lot of practice, and writing is no different than playing an instrument or painting a picture. I also understand the need to read a lot also, just like an athlete watches others in their sport to see how they can get better, writers should read other writers books to help them get better. It is this last thought that inspired this blog post.
I have been a reader of books for a long time. How long? long enough that I prefer not to say 🙂 What I will say is that, to get me to read is not a problem. What I have notice though, is that since I took up the pursuit of writing a novel, I read differently. When I read now I notice the “tense” the story is being told in. I pay attention to what perspective the writer is using and how they make use of it to tell the story. I also look at things like, how do they transition from flash backs or how do they introduce new characters. I even find myself watching for commas, because I now have a weird fascination with how they can be, and should be, used.
If you are a writer, do you find that you read differently? If you have been writing for a longer time, was it more when you first started, and has since sank into the background, or do you still read like a student?
I still enjoy the stories I am reading for the story themselves, but I now have a different way to enjoy a well written book. I am finding it very intriguing that by trying to write better it is causing me to read differently.
Until next time…