Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Enjoying Reading

When was the last time you enjoyed reading a novel? Authors are taught to analyze each book they read. While this is a great exercise for improving writing, it really puts a damper on the enjoyment factor. I know a book is amazing if I forget to pick it apart. That makes me a little sad.
An aspiring writer said to me today, "I love reading all kinds of books and instead of looking for what is wrong, appreciating the different way each author tells a story." I love that. From now on I'm going to try to not be so critical of what I read. I'm going to enjoy reading and appreciate all the different flavors of stories.

5 comments:

  1. Well, I read Sister Pact last week and enjoyed it!! I know it's a thriller/suspense type, but I sure did enjoy the romance!

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  2. Great question! I enjoy novels the most when I'm not unconsciously re-writing it in my head as I read. And when the analogies don't disrupt the flow of the story (I've learned that it takes real talent to use analogies well).

    I'm currently reading Deeanne Gist's novels and think she is a fabulous writer. And your novel "The Sister Pact" was a wonderful breath of fresh air for me. I had tried some new authors previous to you that I didn't enjoy and then got yours and was so relieved to find I could just sit back and enjoy the ride because I didn't need to re-write it in my head! :)

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  3. I have a hard time enjoying what I read--just can't turn off the internal editor. I miss the days when I just read for fun and didn't notice all the mistakes.

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  4. I read with the intent of enjoying the story, not to tear it apart. I don't like negativism (is that a word?), and don't enjoy being around people who constantly tear others down. I may not love every book I read, but it usually still has admirable qualities. It's too easy to get carried away in criticizing. I read for the love of the story.

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  5. Thanks, Karen and Heidi, it means so much to me that you enjoyed The Sister Pact.
    I know what you mean Kimberly, it is really hard to turn that editor off!
    Thanks for your comments Kim. I don't like negativity either so I'm really trying to focus on loving the story and enjoying the different way each author portrays the story.

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