Now that I've started to write, reading a book has become a new experience. I am
- analytical "Isn't this info dumping?"
- critical "I thought you weren't supposed to do that!"
- jealous "I wish I could write like that"
- or jealous "How did she get published? This is crap! No fair!"
Don't compare your book to a published one, it's not fair to you.
DO: Hear the voice. Feel the rhythm as the words flow and the story moves along. Picture the setting. Notice how they can show you things and not just explain. They weave backstory into the plot and you don't even realize it. Think of an area you are struggling with and take note when you reach something similar in the book you're reading - how do I make my character more empathetic? Ahh, like that.
The best books are the ones you can't put down and you are finished in a couple of days leaving you wanting more from that author. I want to write one like that!
Writing a Book 1st