Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
My non-fcition book this month was about how to write. I'm trying to write a novel. It's incredibly hard. It seems like it should be so easy but it's really not.
I picked this one up because of the title. It's for people who love books - perfect!
It was useful read. She takes apart scenes and dialogues, which is interesting to see. A lot of the time I get so caught up in the plot, I miss how the author is keeping me interested, keeping the momentum going, feeding me information I need, making me see the places and connect with the characters.
The lessons of this book can really be distilled by one quote quite near the end.
"Read carnivorously . . . it involves reading for sheer pleasure but also with an eye and memory for which author happens to do which thing particularly well."
Great advice. I shall try and take it.