Don't Forget To Read
Being writers we write, write, and write that is our goal. Sometimes though we are so wrapped up in writing that we sometimes forget to read. If you want to be a writer reading is just as important as writing in itself. Reading is how we learn.
New York Bestsellers are my teachers. Yes you can read millions of books by Authors’ Editors and Publishers, Professors that share the ins and outs and how to do’s of writing, but that is not what I am talking about. What I am talking a bout are your regular Novelist best sellers. You can read for fun and read to learn too. I may be reading for entertainment, but I am also learning by studying this person rhythm and how they write. In fact I have learned descriptive narrative from Stephanie Meyers. (I got talked into reading Twilight and I really like how she writes.) I have learned narrative types from reading Sherrilyn Kenyon. Not your typical teachers right? Life is complicated and busy and full of financial woes so what is more easier way to get educated than just by going to the library picking up a book by your favorite author, and not only read the book but study your favorite author as well. We all as writers have a certain ways we write and flow with our words. You can even learn grammar/punctuation from your favorite author by looking at their sentence structure, learn dialogue in how their characters talk.
With our words we can move to fear or move to tears. Dig down deeper and discover what your author did to move you to cry or fear, ask yourself how did they do that? Then take what you learned from that and incorporate it into yourself. I do not mean copying though which is what you can easily fall prey to. Do not copy their style of writing understand it and it’s form and how the words flow. Look at your works then look at theirs. Do you see the difference in how you can write that one sentence better and make it sizzle! That is what you take with you.