READ with PURPOSE
What do I mean by that? Well, I just finished reading The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker. FABULOUS, btw!!
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I started reading this book with the purpose of picking out the reasons why it works/doesn't work. (totally works!) What did I like about it? How did they set up their chapters? How did they handle things like description and backstory? Did they use any passive voice? Were the characters identifiable/unique? How can reading this book make me a better writer?
The answer to the last question was, "Umm - because it's AWESOME!" Seriously, if Kate, Liam and Seth are looking for a fourth - PICK ME, PICK ME!!
Considering the event that sets off this story, the death of Kate's best friend, and Kate's struggle to come to terms with the loss of a loved one - the wonderful humor laced throughout is so well done! And if you want an example of a kick-a teen-girl voice, Kate's your girl. It taught me a few tips on dealing with backstory and peppering in sensory detail. Need ideas on how to create suspense? Please read this book! I even learned that it's ok to "tell" rather than "show" on occasion. It's also a great example of a fun stand-alone story that offers series potential.
I started reading this book with a purpose. I enjoyed it as a bonus! Tell me, how many of you take an approach to how you read a book? And how does it help your writing?
I've got a TAG to catch up on ~ I'll try to do that on Friday. Otherwise, I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday. Happy purposeful reading!!