Before I started writing seriously, I tried to take in as much advice on writing as possible.
Now that I have finished writing my first draft and am now in the editing process, I have been reminding myself of what I had read and heard earlier. I enjoy writing, but I also want to write well, so I am going to put the two near ubiquitous pieces of advice that I’ve heard into practice:
As part of my book reviews, I sometimes reflect on writing craft, but I have recently added a new section so that I am regularly talking about it – and therefore thinking about it. This section is called “Writer Craft Notes.” In this section, I focus on what I liked about that particular writer’s writing style, and what I didn’t like. More than that, I am going to be reflecting on what I have learned about writing from reading a particular book.
I am going to be doing a blog series called “Reading to Write.” These posts will have book reviews in them, but I am going to be focusing on one writer for a portion of these posts. I plan on reading a selection of their books to try to understand their writing style, see how their writing changes between books, and learn from them. These are going to be on established, well known authors, because I believe that I’ll be able to learn a lot from them.
As part of this series I will first publish a post about the writer in general, giving a brief history of them, how I came to know about them, and the resources/advice that they give to writers.
My next posts will not be one after the other; I will be doing other reviews and posts in between this series. I will only focus on one author for Reading to Write at a time, though, and will be labelled with the “Reading to Write” marker to differentiate from other reviews.
After I have finished reading all of the books that I intend to read for this series by an author, I will write a summary post, in which I will reflect on what I have learned from reading those books.
I’m not necessarily going to read all of the books that a particular author has published, but I will read a good chunk of them.
The first author I am going to be focusing on is V.E. Schwab, and I’m really excited to finally get to deep dive into her work.
One last thing I am going to be doing is reading through the book Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. I’m intrigued by the premise of this book and I’m hoping that it will give me more tools to improve my writing by reading books.