People who read like writers add layers of complexity to their understanding of written work. We reverse engineer novels, trying to figure out exactly how an author put it all together. This is in addition to normal regiment of deconstruction we usually apply to books, picking out theme, structure, figurative language, characterization, conflict, etc.
Why do we do it? It’s…well, it’s fun! Narratives are like abstract puzzles. In my mind, they’re meant to be taken apart and their pieces examined to see how they both echo and add up to the larger whole.
I wonder about the process of a writer. How did this masterpiece (or pile of mush) I’m reading come to be? How can studying the choices the writer made help me improve my own writing?
When you read like a writer, you annoy the people around you by over-analyzing everything. This is part of the fun…and boy am I going to have a lot of fun with you.
So here I present a new mission I’m adding to my blog: to deconstruct good YA paranormal books, focusing on what writers can learn from them.
My job and hobby make it difficult to find time to read, but I aim to get in as many quality books as I can. Now, I need your help!
Have you read any YA paranormal books (preferably romance) that will blow my mind and keep me up all night thinking? I’m looking for books that are well-written exemplars for writers to use as a model for their own craft.
Hit me with some good books!
Michelle Joyce Bond