In Others’ Words: Reading the same kind of book as me differently
1. What are you writing? It’s always fun to listen to their answers and to be amazed by their creativity. I usually walk away thinking, “I wish I’d thought of that story!”
2. What are you reading? Asking another writer “What are you reading” is a dangerous question. Inevitably, my To Be Read (TBR) pile grows taller because someone mentions a book that I have to read also and I go and order a copy. Of course, it’s always fun to discuss the books after we’ve read them: what did we like, what didn’t we like, what we would do differently, what we learned that challenged us a writers — yes, those, “Oh, I wish I’d written that scene/character/beginning/ending” conversations.
It’s true: No two persons ever read the same book. I might love a book and my friend might not make it through chapter one. Or my friend might love the dialogue and I might be caught up in the description. You just never know why a book is a couldn’t-put-it-down great read for one person and a couldn’t-get-past-page-one snoozer for another person.
As an author I’ve learned that readers see things in my stories that I didn’t even know I put in them … and overlook things — symbols, significant lines of dialogue — that I wove oh so carefully into my novels. You know what I’ve learned? It is what it is … and I have to let it be just that because no two persons ever read the same book.
In Your Words: What book has someone recommended you read? What book would you recommend to us today?
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