The following article was published on ProWritingAid on 13/03/2017. Read the full article here, or read below for an excerpt.
Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading, and if you’re serious about using published novels to improve your writing you must learn how to do the latter.
When you read passively, you consume a novel as entertainment – you’re trawling through without paying attention to detail. This lets you form a broad judgement (“this is great!”).
By contrast, active reading involves specific focus on an author’s craft. It is to passive reading what fly-fishing is to trawling. Active reading encourages your judgement to be precise (“this is great because the chapter endings created lots of suspense!”).
Why Read Actively?
Active reading lets you discover why successful novels work. Once you learn how published authors deal with writing, you can apply the same techniques to your novel.
Active reading also develops your evaluation skills. This is crucial when it comes to self-editing your novel
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