All budding writers should take a moment to read this interesting post from
Bloomsbury Publishing, answering the age old question, should a writer read a lot…will it help or hinder their writing by causing the writer to copy someone else’s style?
‘It is easy to find yourself flummoxed by the deluge of conflicting writing advice available, but the answer to this question is satisfyingly simple: writers must read.
Here is the Writers’ & Artists’ list of 5 things to look out for when reading with awareness:
- Setting – where and when is it set? How does the author convey the setting? Which senses are being used?
- Perspective – who is telling the story? Are they a reliable narrator? How does their relationship to the story affect the way it is presented to the reader?
- Character – who are the key characters? What are we explicitly told about each character and what are we subtly shown? Focusing on the key characters, what are their motivations? What obstacles do they face?
- Structure – does the story unfold linearly or does it jump about in time? How does this affect our understanding of the events? Mark the points of crises, tension, climax and the final dénouement.
- Style – how are the sentences constructed? Are they short and punchy or long and carefully embellished? How does this impact on the pace?’