When Reading Isn’t Just Reading

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Reading
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I’ve always been a voracious reader, even from the youngest age. I devoured the written word, and what I read wasn’t of much concern. I even read encyclopaedias before I was ten.

I always used to just read to read, to educate myself and for fun. I’ve noticed all that has changed since I started to take my writing more seriously.

Now I do something I said I’d never do; I analyse the stories I read. I’d gone all the way through school without analysing, believing that it would ruin the read. Maybe it happens to other writers too, or actors watching movies or other professionals; they look beyond just the story and look at how it is crafted.

Whenever I read a book now I am always looking at the language used, how the stories are structured, the devices and forms in which they are written. I don’t know if it will make a me a better write but it has changed the way I read books forever now.

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Comments
  1. Beth says:

    I do that, too. I’ve found that I’m focusing on the craft much more of late. Movies, stories, characters, everything.
    It really surprised me when I first started all of the analyzing, but I realized that I enjoy it!

  2. qorvus says:

    As long as I don’t end up over-analysing…when that happens I tend to loose track of the story itself.

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