Monday, October 26, 2009

The Need to Read

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.” -- Stephen Koch in The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop.
It's more than just reading that's required, As a writer it’s important to analyze -- even if at a superficial level -- what one reads. What is it about a passage I like or don't like? Why do I find the main character interesting/uninteresting? What is it about the villain that makes me find him intriguing? What about the plot slowed my reading? Some of the story submissions I read make me wonder of the authors reads at all. I know they don't pay attention to what works and what doesn't in a story.

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