The idea of reading great authors as an apprentice author is almost a no-brainer – learning literally by ‘watching’ and acquiring excellent habits.
The writer who says they have no influences from any older, wiser writers, established or not, is a big fat liar! Here’s what Gordon Bickerstaff has to say on the subject 😀
Blog 6 The Best and Simplest Advice for New Aspiring Writers
If you aspired to be an electrician or a plumber then you would spend a few years learning your craft. If you aspire to be a writer then it is important to learn your craft, and to learn the writing craft you need to take off your reading for enjoyment hat, and put on your apprentice writer hat.
Learn from the experts. Read a book for enjoyment then read it again as an apprentice writer with a critical reviewer hat on. Discover how the writer held your interest. Learn the writer’s techniques in unfolding the story. Examine how the writer has revealed and described characters, and places. When I’ve read a good book, I may read it three times (not in succession) to understand the writer’s techniques. If I learn something, I make a note – maybe a paragraph…
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