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Reading like a writer

I’m trying to read like a writer.

Choosing books that will inspire and educate me. Award winning and well-written, innovative and classic.

However, that only gets me so far. I also have to feed my romance and self improvement addictions. Leaving aside academic papers for the day job and email correspondence for long distance family, friends and wedding planning.

I’m saving audio books for when my eyesight fails, though at this rate, that might be sooner than planned!

Read lately:

  • The left hand of darkness – Ursula Le Guin
    I loved the long shots in this: the icy tundra, the sense of scope between this planet and the wider universe, the history of each. I also loved the intertextuality of it: first person narrative interspersed with historical documents, journals, and what felt like oral accounts of local history and myth. This was such a ground-breaking novel, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1970. Highly recommended.
  • A falcon for a queen – Catherine Gaskin
    This was a bit of fun; a historical romance. Mostly a turn-pager, though it did get a little bogged down in the presentation of the historical research. I think Gaskin was trying to make a point about the difference between two characters, but it dragged a little in these places.

Pace in a novel is something that I look forward to addressing in redrafts. For now I have to focus on getting the words written. But I find it such an interesting concept. I wonder how much of it is subjective.

The Long Shot – is something I need to work on. I think my writing style is very sparse. As much as I step back and look up in real life, I forget to do it when I write.

Currently reading:

  • Far from the madding crowd – Thomas  Hardy
  • Speaking Out – Tara Moss
  • The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey

Have you read any of these? Further recommendations based on these?

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