By: Karen Woodward
The web is replete with admonitions for writers to read. They range from Stephen King's terse "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." to W.P. Kinsella's kindly:
"Read! Read! Read! And then read some more. When you find something that thrills you, take it apart paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word, to see what made it so wonderful. Then use those tricks the next time you write."
I agree! But quotations like these leave an important question unanswered: How? How should we take others' prose apart so we may be enlightened? Are there techniques? Hints? Pointers?
The other day I found an article by Lee Goldberg on how to read critically. Mr Goldberg didn't set out to write about how to read critically (at least, I don't think he did), he was talking about adapting Nero Wolfe's books to the small screen. But, in so doing, he read Wolfe's stories critically and described his process.
Before we get into that, what does all this talk of reading critically amount to? What are our goals?
What do we mean by reading critically?
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Read the full article HERE!
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