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#IWSG Reading Like a Writer
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officiallyInsecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!
February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
The awesome co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG will be Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!
I have never met a writer who was not first an avid reader. Can you imagine asking a writer who some of their favorite authors are and having them respond that they don't read much, except internet articles or magazines? It would be very strange if they were to write very well.
I began reading like a writer when I first began teaching students to improve their literacy. Language Arts include both reading and writing, so combining the two is the most logical and expedient method of instruction. It's also the best way to teach students to write--by showing them how good writers write, which requires reading like a writer.
Before learning about reading like a writer, people read like readers, or reading for enjoyment alone, which means they learn about and connect with the characters. When they learn to read like writers, they identify with the author and learn about what writing techniques the author used.
To learn to read like a writer, students choose a text that is an excellent example of the type of writing they wish to write. We call these mentor texts. The reason is obvious. No one mentors a writer like a wonderful writer. There is a great deal of research to support this method of instruction and as a writer I can offer personal testimony that it is the very best and most expedient way to make improvements in both reading and writing.
A writer stops to observe writing strategies employed by the author. They examine how the author created mood, how they developed characterization, how they invoked various emotional responses from the reader, etc. When I want to work on a particular writing technique, I read an author who excels in that particular strategy. Anne Rice does mood like no other, Dean Koontz does wonderful characterization, and James Joyce writes prose that can make your heart sing, and...well, you get what I mean.
What do you like to read as a writer?
2/1/2017 05:53:45 pm
Good writing company, Joylene!
2/1/2017 11:22:11 am
Sometimes I hate reading like a writer .... because you find those pesky mistakes that authors and editors miss....LOL!
2/1/2017 05:54:23 pm
I agree, Pam!
Great post. I learn from reading too. I've always been a huge reader. I admit though having start writing to publish I do tend see more mistakes and they grab when before I just sort of skimmed past them in a good story.
2/3/2017 01:47:07 am
I agree, Juneta! Thanks for stopping by!
2/2/2017 01:25:22 pm
I learn more about what not to do from reading. When I see many typos/grammar errors and/or lackluster writing, that book goes in my DNF pile. Why waste the time? Harsh? Yes, but I expect the same level of effort in other's books that I put into my own.
2/3/2017 01:48:37 am
I agree, Diane. It's just too frustrating.
2/3/2017 12:50:02 pm
Exactly! Thanks for stopping by, J.Q.
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