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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : March 17, 2009
- File size : 1116 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1908526076
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000JMKSWE
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- Best Sellers Rank: #122,980 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You can break Prose's book is really two books: in one part, she teaches people how to read a book in such a way as to enjoy the pleasure of the language; in the second part, she teaches writers how to improve their writing-to make every word earn its place.
In the first part,Prose teaches you how to break down a piece of fiction to the smallest pieces and then appreciate how those pieces are built up into a large, wonderful structure: the novel. Once you appreciate that, and can read with an eye that appreciates that beauty, taking your time, and savoring the author's ability.
In the second part, Prose confronts a lot of "rules" about writing, knocking them down with powerful examples. What you are left with is probably Prose's chief rule: it's about finding an original voice. If a writer can focus on interesting word choice, groundbreaking detail, and contrarian paths, they can surprise readers in a wonderful way. Finally, she concludes with a list of 100 books that should be read immediately.
This book probably appeals to a small group of writers and word nerds. If you fall within that group, you can probably put this book to use, even if it is a bit dry.
I highly recommend!
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We live in a throw away world increasingly dominated by speed. No time to write or punctuate so 'txt spk rls'...convenience of time over content so if it's fast it must be good. Not always so.
I'm an avid reader. Now, mostly for pleasure but previously I'd acquired fast/speed reading skills to assimilate large amounts of work related text. Mostly dry, policy related documents or technical background data. Speed reading is great for that; skim the whole, identify and absorb the salient bits, move over the rest.
The principles explored here turn a number of concepts on their head. Like a fine or good wine, reading is something to be savoured not gulped. Reading for pleasure should be an emotive experience where words reach into the soul. Even a simple sentence can strike a chord. This book encourages the reader to step back, slow down and think. What was the author trying to achieve? What are they saying? How are they saying it?
In part it took me back some years to a time where an exam book was almost a line by line dissection of any narrative text. Clinical but thought provoking. This book examines similar principles in a more productive and positive way. As a reader, I found it affirming, helpful and instructive. I've often resisted fast reading for pleasure and this book confirms what may be missed and why. For writers, there's a whole different perspective on how to truly engaged with readers.
Really enjoyed the content and the easy but not patronising approach so it's a 5 star winner for that.
As stated, not all bad. Good tips now and then. But I won't be referring back to this in a hurry.
Sadly, I came away disgruntled and annoyed at the time whilst lost reading this. Yes, I cannot argue that it demonstrates - loosely - how the story structure, plot, and character of a book are used in writing. But I failed to capture the full idea and purpose of the book's message.
However, one item that enlightened me was the notion of reading books slower. Take in every word - or as the author notes "put every word on trial". This is a skill to rehearse over and over, much like it counter partner, speed reading. It was probably the most valued piece of information I grasped from this book.
My rating of two stars does not qualify this book as bad. It just isn't. Although, it was wearisome, and I found myself almost asleep after twenty to thirty minutes of starting to reading it. I gave the two-star review due to the book offering me only minuscule advice.
It is a joy to be reminded of past book loves, the favourites of earlier times and find the new.
Remarkably insightful and replete with advice and excellent tips. Well written clear and interesting, and a gift to writers.