Thursday, March 5, 2009

Writers Reading

Missy here. Do you think you’re a better reader since you started writing? Or do you find that you’re too picky, too unwilling to suspend disbelief?

I’ve found that I’m getting better at being a regular reader than I've been for the last few years. I think that after taking so many writing classes and attending so many workshops that I turned into a hypercritical reader. But it’s probably important to do so, because I was able to look at a story, analyze it, pick it apart. But as I’ve been reading over the last week, I’ve been able to dive right into the stories and, for the most part, set aside my critical mind. Every now and then, I found I would nit-pick. But it’s been fun to totally absorb myself in the stories.

And it’s also helpful to think about what things pulled me out of the story world and to see if it's something I need to work on. One was when a plot device seemed a little too convenient. Another was when the story ending dragged on too long (something I’ve been guilty of!). Another was when a new character was introduced near the end of the book, and he helped save the day.

So even though I’m being a better reader, I’m still learning from reading! What about you? Are you a good reader? Or has reading lost its entertainment value for you now that you’re writing?

Missy

7 comments:

  1. I'll have to admit I don't enjoy reading as much as I did once I dove into the writing world.

    Sad, but true.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yeah, I've felt that way, too, Lynn.

    I think part of it is feeling guilty for reading instead of writing! :) But it's nice for me to be reading for judging this contest because then it's guilt free, because I have to do it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Shoot, I even find myself critiquing the Bible. Shame on me. LOL! Actually, when I find myself NOT critting a book, I know it's a good one, when I just lose myself. And yes, reading is learning.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ha! Mindy, I've done that too. Oh, I'm bad too.

    **smile**

    ReplyDelete
  5. Mindy, I love how you called it losing yourself in a book. That's want I want to do when I read! And that's what I hope my readers will do!!

    Missy

    ReplyDelete
  6. Having the reader lose themself into one of our stories is just what we want to happen! I love it when that happens to me.

    But I'll admit, writing has ruined my reading time. I try to analyze everything, especially when I like something... Hey! How'd s/he do that?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I like analyzing the good writing and learning from it. I'll go back and reread.

    ReplyDelete