By that I mean thinking about my next novel. I’m currently rereading The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchmann, and it is beyond annoying at the moment. I’m taking notes just about every other sentence. Her writing style is so lucid and filled with sharp, concise details that I’m constantly thinking ‘oh, that’s good, I have to incorporate something like that in my next book’. She did win a Pulitzer for this book so its pedigree is stellar. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it, even if you’re a fiction reader/writer. In fact, especially if you’re a fantasy reader/writer. Her descriptions of royalty alone make it worth picking up.
The amazing and frustrating habit of thinking while reading
November 17, 2009
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You mean I’m not the only person who compulsively takes notes on things I read? But it does seem a bit more impressive for you to do it than me… I’m not a published author. Yet (in my dreams). And since I trust you, I will make a note of that book for the next time I hit the library.
Taking notes compulsively while reading is definitely something that helped me improve my writing and get published, so I’d say you’re on the right track.