Hello! So, I'm sorry I didn't have a post ready for yesterday. I don't know how that happened!
Today we are going to talk about reading (or watching movies!) as a writer.
The more I write, the more I find myself "critiquing" professional writing. I decide I like how an author did this or that and want to incorporate it into my writing or I decide I don't like something.
For example, just yesterday I was reading the first chapter of "The Red Badge of Courage". Now, I've barely read five pages of this, so don't hold me to my word, but I noticed quite a few uses of adverbs and weak verbs.
I also automatically critique movie plots when I see them.
On the other hand, I will read something by an amazing author like MaryLu Tyndall or Mary Connealy or Deeanne Gist, or countless others, and find tidbits I want to incorporate in my own writing.
So, how do I do this?
I don't know.
Really, I don't. All I know is that it comes with practice. the more you read and write, the more you are able to do this. When you ARE a writer, you will think like one, and when you write, you are a writer.
Editing your writing also makes you realize more tidbits in other writing.
What do you think? Have you ever found yourself critiquing a movie or book?