Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What are you reading?

What I'm reading now: Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Stephen King says a good writer reads as much as s/he writes. You'd think that'd be obvious, but I'm ashamed to admit I haven't picked up a book in at least a year.

I've been doing lots of other things wrong, too. Apparently once the first draft is done, Mr. King sets his manuscript aside for at least 6 weeks and writes about something else entirely during that time. Only after that, he says, (and I agree) can you see the old manuscript with fresh eyes and spot important things like plot holes, theme, character inconsistencies, etc. He also says, don't let anyone read it until you've revised the second draft.

Oops. I had people reading chapters 1-5 while I wrote chapter 6.

Time to fix things. I have some huge errors in the current draft to address (point of view issues, for example), but after that, I'm taking Mr. King's advice and setting the thing aside to "simmer."

In the meantime, I'm going to need some fantastic reading material. Any suggestions?


  1. Anything Ted Dekker! TJ will tell you I read all his books. Right now he has a new one out called Forbidden that I am reading. I have some if you want TJ to bring them to work someday.

  2. That would be great! May I borrow one? Whichever is your favorite :)

  3. If you like non-fiction, read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson....fascinating! Also - let me know what you thought of Hunger Games...I finished that one recently.

  4. Actually, I haven't finished Hunger Games. I have it on audio and I don't know if it's the narrator or what, but I can't get into it somehow. I may try again after my Dekker marathon :)



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