I talked about my reading list last week and how I’m plowing through books similar to my story. It’s only sort of worked. I’m having some problems getting through some of the books, but my main problem is that I don’t read like a writer.
In a recent Mystery Writing is Murder blog post, she talks about how, since becoming a writer, her enjoyment of books is different.
I had the best intentions when I created my reading list. But even when I start out with a critical eye, I slip. The prose pulls me in or the characters engage me too much. I let the writer go and just enjoy the book. Somewhere between “the” and “end,” I realize that, oops, I didn’t analyze this or figure out how to do that.
Are you able to read like a writer? Any special tricks for turning it on or off?