One of my two goals for WBM was to finish writing the rising action of my novel. The other? To avoid reading when I should be writing. If you’ve read past posts, you know I love books. I can’t imagine a writer not. But I think like anyone, especially when you feel stuck, it seems more inviting to get lost in someone else’s words rather than fighting a losing battle against your own. Continue reading
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As many tend to do at this time of year, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’m thankful for in my life. So I wanted to share with you some of the things the writer in me is grateful for.
Successful writers say it all the time: To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. So we challenge you to read more and to read outside of your comfort zone.
This month, find the underlying scene structure in the current book you’re reading. Good writers keep readers turning the pages by crafting one scene that builds on the next in an inevitable, but surprising way. As you read this month, make note of patterns you see from scene to scene so you can identify what keeps you interested in the story and what makes you want to skip ahead. Below are some books we recommend, but feel free to chime in and offer other options to our readers. Then stay tuned for some practical prompts based on our Reading Challenge that you can apply to your own writing.
Alicia: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Laura: The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-banks by E. Lockhart
Megan: Arcadia by Lain Pears
Naomi: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Stacey: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman