This post is (more or less) a continuance of my previous post ‘Reading with intent’, where I discussed my reading plans:
- to broaden my reading material in an effort to expand my exposure to different genre’s and hopefully challenge my self as a writer; and
- to read ‘like a writer’ – that is, to try and take in the specific tricks, tips, and tools used by other authors to make their writing more interesting, more compelling, and more readable.
So far I think this has gone pretty well (keeping in mind it has only been two months):
- non-fiction; finished The Right Stuff and Strunk & White’s Elements of Style,
- classics; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Fahrenheit 451.
- on-line literary magazines; Aurealis – Australia Fantasy & Sci-Fi & LampLight – a quarterly ‘Dark Fiction’, and
- baby-steps into getting some gender balance into my reading; Lauren Beuke’s excellent Broken Monsters.
As to whether my writing has improved… I shall leave that observations to those who choose to read what I put here. 🙂 Continue reading