From a guest post by Carmela Martino on Mary Kole’s Kidlit blog:
Writing Workout: Reading as a Writer
In preparation for “reading as a writer,” decide what aspect of writing you will study [when reading a book]. For example, you may choose to focus on characterization, dialogue, description, plot, setting, use of flashbacks, etc. When I started at VCFA, I knew one of the shortcomings in my own writing was a lack of specific detail. So, in my first two semesters, I read to study how authors incorporated details into their writing.
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