Summer mini-writing workshop: On reading


Read at least one book about writing monthly—in addition to all the other reading you do—and take notes. If there are writing prompts, do them, and never stop brushing up on the basics with the help of online tutorials.

When I was a child, as soon as I mastered a jigsaw puzzle, I lost interest in it. As soon as I beat a game, I lost interest in it. Good books, however, I could read again and again.

I’d rather read a silly poem that made sense than a serious one that didn’t.

You can turn an ongoing activity into a journey. For me, it was a mini bucket list, that bucket being filled with books.

Reading about how to write a type of book isn’t the same as reading those types of books; I start with the instructions and then read the examples.

As much as I love series, I find that my brain stagnates when I read the same type of book (especially by the same author) for too long. Rereading books I cherished as a child has been a delight.

I’ve often found that a good book makes me feel like I’ve come home to a place I’ve never been to. Plot-driven stories tend to get read once and passed on, but character-based novels have a permanent home in my library because it was never all about a twist ending (an overused plot device). Books, like life, are about the journey, not just the destination. Here are a few books that have rereadability.

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