I'm certainly no writer, but I enjoyed reading it because it gave me a new perspective from which to view some books. I think this invariably allows readers to become both stronger writers and stronger readers.
As I see it, the more you read, the better equipped you will be to write. After reading this book, that's still the case, only more so. This book helped me understand how to read in such a way to get more value as a writer.
I haven't read it yet, but I am looking forward to it...so many books so little time!
I've only read a little bit of this book, but a good book to help with your writing is The First Five Pages.
I'm currently reading this book. So far I like it and I think it will help my writing, A lot of it is stuff I used to know but hadn't thought about in a while. I tend to separate my reading and writing experiences to much. This book is helping me to slow down and allow my reading experiences inform my writing ones.
As a writer, I found it useful. It celebrates the artistry of writing and provides a behind-the-scenes look at what makes great writing great.
What did you think...
...of this selection this selection in regards to helping me improve my writing. Or, do you think it is a usefull guide to help the writer to see what the reader is looking for. Not that we can!!!
Prose suggests a return to reading word-by-word, paying attention to the way the best writers use language. I like her idea of learning by osmosis--close reading as a way of remembering which authors a writer should turn to for getting unstuck. I'm only as far as the "Sentences" chapter. Looking forward to the rest. She's humbled me into realizing how much I haven't read.
I'm almost through with this book. I have to admit, I've always read close, word for word. I just like the way words sound together when they are written well. It is a bit technical, but worth the time.