Every now and again, especially when I’ve been taking a long break (It was only reading the LotR series for the first time), I reread my story from the beginning to help me get back into the mindset, immerse myself in the world and generally to make an edit or two….or five in the first twenty pages.
So yes, I’ve taken a break from writing to read. I’m constantly impressed with how well-read many of the authors I meet are. When I attend LTUE and these guys who are pumping out several novels a year (I’m in year 3 of my first) are talking about reading the latest book by so-and-so and did you read this twelve book series, I can’t imagine where they find time to write. Shoot, I know half of them still have a day job! Anyway, my take-away was that reading more will help my write better. I’ve decided this is true as I sat down last night and started back into the Oak Wand (working title).
Reading through I found parts where I wanted more insight into what Kyle is feeling. Places where I felt more description was needed to help the reader visualize things. And I feel it has helped the story go deeper. Although it doesn’t help that I got a book to read from a friend (it’s one her sister wrote) and this sucker is 500 pages plus. I’m at like 120. *sigh* More work to do.
This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*