Some good advice I once read!
I once read, I can’t remember where (although I want to say it was Stephen King) that writers should read a book twice. The first time as a reader…the second time as a writer.
I have found that advice invaluable (whoever said it) and I use that technique with everything I read. I will read a book and see if I like it. If I do, I then reread it and find out what the writer did to lure me into their world so effectively. Most of the time, I’ve enjoyed a book or story because of the characters…I love a good hero or a despicable villain. The plot is important, of course, but if you don’t have great characters with lots of depth and layers, I find it hard to get into the story.
So, if the writer got my attention, I reread it to find out how they…
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