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16 July 2006 @ 01:59 pm
 
This is more of a reading assignment.

There is some pretty wretched fiction out there. We try to avoid it as much as possible. We wonder how on earth it gets published in the first place. After all, what could be gained from wasting time on a bad book?

Quite possibly the best lesson you've ever learned.

A bad romance novel can be pure gold in teaching you about some fundamental writing failures. Contradictions, bad grammar, plot stalls, character missteps; all of these things are presented in a context that provides the perfect example. Pull out your highlighter. Make notes in the margins. LEARN.

And then do the same thing to one of your own stories. No story? Write one and try and repeat all the mistakes you've just discovered.
 
 
 
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on July 16th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Interesting.... reviewing has been a journey of writing discovery for me. I read the romantic mystery book last night, that I was slated to review. I did exactly that- notes, highlighter, pad of paper to make notes. Mostly for the review, but also for my own writing. Reading other kinds of books has been very good for me as a writer.