The 7th Blogoversary celebration continues! Susan J. Reinhardt lends her insight regarding the connection between reading and writing in the following post. One of my very first blogging friends, Susan cheered me on in the early days (Way back in 2009!) and continues to inspire and encourage to this day.
Susan's throwing in a bonus and giving away an ebook of her first novel, The Moses Conspiracy, so don't forget to check out the giveaway details below.
Translating Reading Into Fine Writing
by Susan J. Reinhardt
As writers, we're admonished to read excellent books in our genre. Many post about how they analyze an author's style, plot, characters, and setting. As a Seat-of-the-Pants writer, this comes about as naturally as standing on my head.
So, how do I translate what I'm reading into principles I can integrate into my writing?
1) I read the story for pure enjoyment. If it grabs me and takes me on a breathtaking ride, I go with it.
2) After I finish, I evaluate how the book affected me. Did I keep getting pulled out of the story or was I engaged the entire time? Did the author create characters that were sympathetic or did I want to slap them silly? Was the ending satisfying or did it leave me feeling cheated?
3) When I narrow down the aspects of the book I liked and the ones I found unsatisfactory, I ask myself, "how did she/he do it?" Did the author make all those historical references a natural part of the story or did they pound me over the head with facts? What techniques did the author use to evoke an emotional response in me, the reader?
4) I then compare the methods against my WIP. I'll re-read sections and see if they're effective or need more work.
5) If I were reading my book, would I want to have a sequel or be disappointed at the end?
Writers: How do you translate what you read into tips for your own writing?
Readers: What makes a book go from so-so to so awesome?
Susan J. Reinhardt is a multi-published author and blogger. Her books include three full-length novels, The Moses Conspiracy, The Scent of Fear, and Out of the Mist, as well as The Christmas Wish, a novella for all seasons. Her passion for faith and freedom are reflected in her characters and stories.
She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and represented by Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency. A widow, stepmom, daughter, and follower of Jesus Christ, Susan resides in Pennsylvania and is active in her church. Her interests include reading, bargain hunting, and searching for small treasures in antique shops.
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Susan is giving away one ebook of the first in The Moses Trilogy, The Moses Conspiracy.
1) Open to U.S. residents only.
2) Please leave your email address with your comment.
3) I'd appreciate you following by Google Friend Connect or Facebook (see sidebar).
4) Ends Friday, March 18 at noon EDT. Winner will be notified by email and have 36 hours to respond or another name will be chosen.
What are you reading this week?
Happy reading and writing,
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