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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Reading For Inspiration

I love reading and I try to do it purely for pleasure. But now that I want to write, I read books in a more critical way. I don't mean that I turn my nose up at imperfections or sit here sighing and tutting. And I certainly don't think I could do any better!

But I do re-read the parts that amaze me with their genius. I then dream about the day when I can write as well as that. I study good opening lines and muse over perfect endings. I look hard at wonderful metaphors or beautiful phrases.

Sometimes I forget to focus on the story line as a result of this. I think I should read each story twice - once for the enjoyment of a good read and once for motivation for my own writing.

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