What Reading can Teach you about Writing


R.Q. Woodward

I’ve been binge reading this January. I’ve read nine books so far: seven fantasy, one historical romance, and one romantic suspense (which I originally thought was mystery/suspense).

You can check me out on Goodreads and be my friend if you want to know the titles of the books I read. I only plan to mention one of them by name in this post because I don’t want to be a jerk. Six of the nine books only got three stars from me, and several of them really deserved worse. I was on a bit of a junk-fantasy binge if you couldn’t tell, so it’s partly my fault for choosing ridiculous books.

Alright, on to what I learned from this reading binge. Some of these things may seem obvious, but a surprising number of the books I read, even the traditionally published ones, flubbed in these areas:

  • Edit your manuscript
    • I found typos, comma errors, and horrible…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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