Thursday, August 8, 2013

The importance of REreading by Gennifer Albin

**We saw this on Gennifer Albin's blog. Click here for the original entry. 

Here at Bookcrastinators in Wonderland we're BIG TIME rereaders! We tend to read our favorites at least once a year and we make a big deal out of our rereads. We even put it into consideration when deciding what to rate a book; will we reread it?! That makes the difference between a 4 star rating and a 5 star rating. 

As seen on Gennifer's blog on March 19, 2013:

The importance of REreading

When was the last time you read a good book?

I hear a lot of authors, agents, editors, and other writerly peeps proclaiming the virtues of reading to become a better writer.  Now don't get me wrong - I agree.  You absolutely have to crack open some books if you are going to write one.  And yet all too often I stumble on an excerpt or query that isn't very readable from someone who reads a lot.  I hate when that happens, because these people love books.  I know they do.  They love dozens of them a year, their Goodreads list is a veritable who's who of upcoming novels.

So where are they going wrong?
I think I know, which leads me to a very important question.
When was the last time you reread that good book?

We escape in good books.  We're sucked into new worlds.  We fall in love.  That's the magic of reading, and you shouldn't destroy it by reading a novel like a textbook the first time.  But you should definitely reread that book.  Reread it once for plot.  Another time for dialogue.  A third just for the kissing scenes if it's got 'em.

We don't learn a word the first time we hear it, or speak it, or read it.  We revisit that word.  We use it in context and maybe then it becomes part of our vocabulary.  Build your writer's toolbox the same way.  Study Suzanne Collins for pacing, J.K. Rowling for voice, Cassandra Clare for worldbuilding and so on.  Apprentice yourself to your favorite writers and learn the craft through study and practice.

Now go reread a book.

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