Hello everyone, I wanted more writing practice, so I made this. Anyway, today I will discuss the benefit of reading. The benefits are endless as they say, “it takes one hundred books to make one.” Therefore, I strongly encourage you to pick up one book that has been collecting dust on your shelf.
Reading can not only help you with learning various writing styles, but can also show you how to tell a great story.
For example, I learned the three-act structure in practice in Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. So I encourage learning such practices first hand through reading.
Not only that, you can learn to publish styles for when you publish your first novel. From book covers to character development. We can learn it all from reading.
The final but not the only thing you can learn is the author’s particular style. While I do not encourage copying their style. For example, copying Dean Koontz's style that includes many narratives including dogs and dark themes. I encourage first seeing examples of style and planning your base of that.
Author style is not something that can be learned but thought from countless novels read. Therefore, if one is hoping to find their style, first investigate famous authors. Then find your own along the way or from writing your manuscripts that you may one day publish.
I hope this supplemental post has been helpful and if you have more questions about author style or all you can soak up from a novel. As always, dm me or comment on this post.
Till next time.
- Matt Gorrell