Sunday, November 15, 2015

How Writers Use Books for Inspiration

Writers read books for more than leisurely enjoyment. They study the works of other writers, learning plot dynamics and how other authors builds characters through description and dialogue.

1. Disagree

Writers will often choose to read books that they know they will disagree with. This disagreement can fuel the topic for another book that brings the matter into debate.

2. Copying Word for Word

The oldest trick in the book, when it comes to learning how to write, is to copy another book word for word. Write or type one of your favorite books. As you do this, you will be able to closely examine how the author switches scenes, creates dialogue, and builds the plot. By the time you are done, you may already have a plot idea for a book of your own.

3. Plotting

Some writers read books and write out the basic plot. Once you have a plot formula, such as the plot formulas used for romance novels, you can build your own book around the formula.

4. Reading to Learn

Writers immerse themselves in books. When a writer plans on writing an historical novel, her first job will be to read everything on the era available to her. She will also study other historical novels to learn what is covered and to determine the angle for her unique book.

5. Writing Styles

Every successful writer has a writing style that is unique. Writers study these styles, and sometime borrow them, as a way to build upon their own writing styles.

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