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Reading to Write

Read to write. It really helps you to improve your work.
“.. never believe that you have reached the top because there isn’t one. “

Quoth The Wordsmith

663092_26111643 You’ll often hear that in order to write, you need to read. Many prominent authors stick by it and advise aspiring writers to make a practice of always having a piece of literature on the go. It’s good advice, as long as you know that if you are reading to write, you need to look at the writing that you are reading differently. Here’s how I do it:

-Accept and note the areas that you have trouble with, whether they include dialogue, structure, characterization, setting, etc. Know and embrace the fact that you have room to improve.

-Pick a story or a book (or a few!) that really made an impression on you in terms of style, tone, and connection. It should be something that you don’t mind reading again, and that you would give a glowing review.

-Read the story slowly. Take your time. Figure out how that story…

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A Great Book Starts with a One-Sentence Idea

Though I did not know about ‘kernel’, I have been basing my story ‘Colors’ on a central idea. “The most powerful hero ever” is my kernel. This is related to the character. But I have another one, a scene.

Hero kicks a villain and he breaks through a bullet-proof glass-window at the top-most floor of a building and ends up in a trashcan 200 meters away. Sounds crazy, but possible. I wanted to write a story and I loved this scene so wanted to include this in that. But how do I? So, I started framing the story around this scene.

Why did he kick? How could he kick that hard? Why didn’t the man escape? Who are they? And these questions gave the story a head, tail and a middle-piece (No, I’m not talking about sperm-cells here) to my story. But I tend to rewrite the story a lot of times when using this method.