Reading Like a Writer: a guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them by Francine Prose

ReadingI was checking in books this morning and stumbled across this book (How appropriate is a name like Prose…born to be a writer).  I haven’t gotten far but it’s enchanting. The table of contents is as follows: Close Reading, Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Narration, Character, Dialogue, Details, Gesture, Learning from Chekhov, Reading for Courage, Books to be read Immediately, and Acknowledgments. It reminds me of looking through a microscope and winding up looking through a telescope. I’ve never wanted to be a writer, but I’m a lifelong reader. The first chapter was an admonishment to slow down while reading. Prose urges the reader to take in not only the words but the spaces between them: what is not said. 

(Kelly Prewett, Hemphill Branch Library)


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