Struggling to improve your writing — especially your fiction? Every published book out there can teach us something, if we know what to look for. In Read to Write, you’ll find guidelines for selecting examples that fit your needs, then reading them to get exactly what you need to make your fiction better than it is right now. The focus here is on you and the books you want to write. This short guide by award-winning author Ellen Behrens gives you concise, step-by-step instructions on how to take advantage of the world of examples — good and bad — that surround you. Best of all, you can start today!
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
One of the most valuable things I learned in my MFA/Creative Writing program was how to read a novel to learn what I could do as a writer. Not only have I used that training in all of my own books, but I've read many novels by beginning authors who could benefit from the same training. I decided it was time to share what I learned at a fraction (wee tiny fraction!) of what I paid, while sharing the joy of deeper reading and better writing.
Every piece of writing out there can teach us something, if we know what to look for. The focus here is on you and the books you want to write. We’re surrounded by millions of examples of terrific writing. Great novels and earth-shattering short stories sit waiting for us in bookstores and libraries.
What’s that you say? You love to read and you don’t want that ruined?
I hear you.
I felt the same way. I’ve been a reader since Dick and Jane and Spot (those of you who remember them know that’s a long, long time ago). I promise that if you follow the suggestions you get here you won’t lose those delicious moments of losing yourself in a novel, following the characters as if they’re real people running around in actual places instead of in your imagination.
You’ll keep your love of reading and you’ll get something more. You’ll get the chance to learn from those authors, and when you discover how to truly read between the lines, you’ll love your favorite books even more.
Yep. And who doesn’t want more to love?
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