I feel like these writing tips are becoming more like ‘heres a bunch of lessons I learnt from all the mistakes I’ve made’ as opposed to actual tips. But hopefully someone out there appreciates them anyway.
The lesson I learnt this week comes from a place of frustration. I don’t think there is actually anything I can do about it. Let me explain…
When I started writing, I didn’t appreciate that it would affect my reading. And it has. In a big way.
I have shamefully become a snob. I used to be able to muddle my way through anything, even if I didn’t like it, I would persist and find something to like. But now…Now that I am super critical of my own writing, and I am trying to pick up all the intricacies of the super famous or spectacularly fantastic; when I come to read the books of anyone less than exceptional I find myself getting
really REALLY annoyed. Take the book I’m reading currently. Uglies, by Scott Westerfield. There is nothing wrong with this book, its fairly infamous, and written reasonably well, obviously well enough to be published and selling books. BUT It’s annoying the shit out of me, for reasons I will tell you all about in another post.
My point is, under normal circumstances I would adore this book, it’s exactly the type of genre I love, it’s YA, fantasy, dystopian and a trilogy or actually more like 5 books or something. BUT, because my stupid brain is trying to absorb all the tricks of the trade, I now find myself deconstructing books, reading line by line for descriptions, techniques, characterisation, POV, scene setting and foreshadowing techniques.
I have lost my ability to read for the sake of reading. For the enjoyment. For the love of a good story.
My dream of being a writer, is utterly ruining my first love – reading.
I’m not sure what the lesson is here – because if you want to be a writer, you need to read.
But if anyone has the answer – Please for the sake of my sanity tell me how to stop this snobbery!