Last month, we encouraged you to identify mentor texts. This month, read aloud the first pages of the books you selected to hone in the qualities that make a gripping story opening.
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In May, we challenged you to pick three to five mentor texts to inform your writing. What books did you choose, and why did you select those specific books?
If you’re finding it difficult to maintain your daily writing habit in this time of enforced family togetherness, take some time each day for 15, 10 or even just 5 minutes to do a writing sprint. Don’t worry about making the prose beautiful; simply get words on the page. Then, before you go to bed, no matter what time that is, jot down how you did and what your writing goal is for the next day.
This month, we encourage you to identify three to five mentor texts that you can use to improve your writing. A mentor text is a book written in the same genre as your story, targets the same audience or explores comparable themes. It can also be set in the same time period as your work-in-progress or feature characters that face similar conflicts. Spend the next weeks reading through your mentor texts to study how other writers crafted dialogue, navigated between scenes or ramped up drama. As you read, make notes of the things you liked. Share with us the texts you chose and what you discovered. Then, be on the lookout for future posts here that dig deeper into how to get the most out your mentor texts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, are you drawn to or turned off by books that take place during a pandemic? If you’re drawn to them, what are some you’ve been reading?