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How To Read Like A Writer


reading like a writer Writers read other creative writers to learn how to write.

So, who taught the first writer??  <<  Extra Bonus Points for good answers to that question in the Comments :-)

Maria Popova, “an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large”, has appeared twice before in this blog, in the posts Learning from The Best ~ But, How Do You Find Them? and What Motivates Authors To Write ?

She’s the editor of Brain Pickings and recently offered insight into Francine Prose‘s book, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them.

By the way, Brain Pickings is described as “…your LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, you-name-itology. Pieces that enrich your mental pool of resources and empower you to combine them into original concepts that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.”

I’m subscribed to it and fully expect it to help me in my writing :-)

Now, back to Reading Like A Writer and a few snippets of quotes from Francine in Maria’s article, How To Read Like A Writer:

Concerning writers reading to learn how to write—“…the connection has to do with whatever mysterious promptings make you want to write. It’s like watching someone dance and then secretly, in your own room, trying out a few steps.”

“You will do yourself a disservice if you confine your reading to the rising star whose six-figure, two-book contract might seem to indicate where your own work should be heading.”

“The only time my passion for reading steered me in the wrong direction was when I let it persuade me to go to graduate school….I left graduate school and became a writer.”

Wikipedia has an article on Reading Like A Writer that includes synopses of the chapters and a very long list of authors that Ms. Prose uses in her book
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