How I Read Like A Writer1:09 PM
It's goin' down today.
|also, this is actually my picture for once! lookit that.|
Something I've learned in my
many many years of writing experience is that I learn the most about writing from simply...reading other writers. I get the most inspiration when I read good books. I learn what I want to write about or don't want to write about by reading other books. I develop my style by stealing elements I like from other authors/books. Reading -- and reading widely -- is the most useful thing you can do as a writer, and I very firmly believe that.
|alllll the books. the amazing ones and the meh ones and the sucky ones.|
1. I just...read stuff. A lot. And when I say "a lot" I mean seriously, a lot. I could read two books a day if I wanted to. I'm a fast reader. I tear through books like they're food. (Aren't they?) This isn't how everyone does it -- you don't have to be a fast reader to be a real reader by any means -- but getting through a lot of books helps me learn how to weed out what I like, what I don't like, what intrigues me, what makes me put a book down immediately, what hooks me and what makes me want to fall asleep right there or watch my hair grow instead of reading it. I develop a feel for what's worth my time and what's not and what works and what doesn't. (In my opinion, at least.) So I've got a whole world of knowledge in my head there, and it just kind of...bleeds through into my writing a lot of the time?
i'm already off to a great start of not making sense.
|devour is definitely a good word here.|
Note: DO NOT DO THIS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS. BUY YOUR OWN. One gets the feeling the librarians wouldn't appreciate finding your notes all over their copy of the book.
|an example: my copy of Brave New World, which I just recently wrecked. it was beautiful.|
|flailing over books like|
5. I read instead of writing. Yeah, yeah, I know. I procrastinate too much and I should be focusing on my book, really. I should be writing more. But at the same time...sometimes the creative burnout comes out of nowhere, and the only cure is to put aside my writing for a few days and read some books. There's no better way to fill up the creative well than that. Filling my brain with words that aren't my own, and even genres I don't write in, gives me a different perspective! And if I'm reading a really good book, that makes me want to go back to writing my own story because now I have all this inspiration and all these ideas. It's a win-win.
|sometimes i just hug books too and that makes me just as happy.|
|oh scott. #teamantmanforever|
How do you read like a writer? What books influence you?