Writing Tips – Proper Reading Habits
As a writer, it’s important to know how to read. I know that sounds crazy. Of course you know how to read, but I’m talking about “active” reading. Have a specific purpose in mind when you read. For example, you wouldn’t study an algebra textbook in the same way you would read a comic book. As a writer, you should read to discover the author’s techniques.
To better focus your mind for active reading, don’t get comfortable. Sit at a desk with a highlighter or use pen and paper to take notes. If you highlight in the book, don’t get carried away with marking whole paragraphs. Underline only the important points you want to delve into.
When you see a passage that you like, ask yourself why you like it. If you have a question about the passage, ask yourself why the author wrote it the way he/she did. What effects did you like in the passages and why?
Notice how the author set the scene, built the characters, used metaphors, similes or personifications and how effective they were. How did he use noun and verb modifiers? How did he handle dialog tags (the part that follows the quote marks)? Read a passage and try to duplicate it without looking. When you write your own scenes, remember those techniques. Get more free writing tips in The Writer’s Choice Newsletter at http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com. Hey – don’t leave yet. Make a comment first! 🙂