Sunday, April 02, 2006

How Does the Author Do That?

When you read, do you read for pleasure? Or is the writer in you always present?

Ever since I started to write seriously, I can’t read a book without analyzing how the author handles plot, character, pacing, ect…

Does writing spoil my reading pleasure? Sometimes, I think it does. But then there are those times when I’ll be lost in a story and it’ll be eighty pages before I even think about the mechanics and devices involved. Those stories floor me because they manage to remind me that I’m a reader, not just a writer. I love that. And then, of course, I go back over the story and try to figure out HOW the author accomplished that! So, I guess I wind up analyzing the novel anyway. LOL

What about you guys?