I don't think I have to tell you that air travel has changed over the years. This didn't impact me personally since I didn't go anywhere. Yes, I booked travel for my company and had to know about airfares, schedules, booking online, and a myriad of other details, but it was more theoretical than practical.
My perspective did an about face when I had to book travel for myself. How was I going to get to the airport? What was I allowed to take in my carry-on luggage? How long would it take to get through security? All of these issues hit home.
In the same way, the addition of "writer" to my resume changed the way I thought about books:
1) The voracious reader in me read the story and recognized certain fiction techniques like show/don't tell, passive versus active voice, deep point of view, etc.
2) I noticed when writing rules were broken and tried to discern whether it was a lapse on the author's part or a deliberate way to make the story work.
3) When a story gripped my emotions, I wanted to know why and how to make that happen in my own novels.
4) If the story made me forget about doing all the above, I knew it was a truly well-written tale.
5) When the mechanics were right and the "heart" came through, the reading experience became something treasured.
Wanting to give the reader that almost magical trip into a character's world pushes me to improve my skills. The reading/writing process combined to birth a new story and give me an appreciation for both.
Writers: How did writing either fiction or non-fiction change your reading habits?
Readers: Is there some area of your life that went from being important for others to something deeply personal? Examples: Babysitting versus being a mom, researching health issues for someone else versus grappling with your own.
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I view writing differently - or from more and different angles, than I used to. As writers, we are in the "thick" of things, trying to offer that experience that we enjoy so much as readers. There's always something to learn, isn't there? :)
Like you, I began to notice broken rules in some famous writers' books. My biggest pet peeve is when the emotion that went with the dialogue goes after the words, ie: "I can't attend your party!" she said with distaste. If the emotion is afterwards, I sometimes need to go back and reread the dialogue, since I've imagined her tone of voice as she says it. Does this make sense?
After reading your post I realized my perspective has changed. I cannot read a book anymore without taking a moment to reflect on the excellence of word choice etc. If I see mistakes I hope I am merciful as I truly WANT others to be merciful with my mistakes.
The best thing about writing is hearing my Father's voice. Nothing can I compare for the interchange we have as I pen His heart.
Yes, I read differently today
. Thank you for your post. Now I know what's wrong with me. hahhaha
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