Monday, March 10, 2008

Reading Requirement

One of the greatest benefits of being a writer is that reading in and out of your chosen genre is a definite requirement.

How many people can say that the mystery or romance novel they’re enjoying is work related—a learning tool, in fact? I love it!

Of course, with all good things, there are some downfalls. I find it more difficult to get fully engrossed in a novel now that I naturally gravitate to critiquing it as I read.

Yes, I grow in my writing craft with each additional book I devour, but sometimes I long for the days when a book was solely entertainment to me. I know it’s a really good book when I need to take a second read to figure out the author’s writing techniques.

Read for pleasure and learning--it's the best of both worlds!

Blessings to us all,



Kathy said...

Your blog looks very nice and neat. I agree with reading. I opened a book written sometime in the 1990's and boy was I surprised at the writing difference then and now. Good critique partners are also great.
Keep it up. I need to update mine today.
Kathy Cretsinger

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Thanks for visiting, Kathy. Let me know your blog so I can visit it soon.

Absolutely, critique partners are invaluable. I belong to a group we call the Pearl Girls. They've helped me grow as a writer and personally so very much. I can't say enough about the importance of joining a group if you're serious about learning the craft.

Take Care,

Eileen Astels