What Does It Mean to Read Like a Writer?

Anthony DeCasper

What does it mean to read like a writer?

Over at the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, Anthony DeCasper offers a few tips about seeing and reading the world in terms of narrative design. He says:

Narrative design is the art of perception. By unpacking narrative design through reading, and rereading, we reveal not only an author’s way of seeing and thinking about the world but how the author collects their perceptions into an immersive story.

He goes on to argue that reading is writing if done with authorial intention. Read the entire essay.

Also this month at Glimmer Train:

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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[…] Learn what it means to see and read the world in terms of narrative design.  […]

Valentina Dordevic
We can speak in terms of narrative design, or we can call it structure; it is less important. But it is always good to emphasise the value of active, creative reading – or reading as a writer. A naïve reader can allow him/herself to be absorbed by a story. An aspiring writer must put some mental effort in reading. To read like a writer means to be awake in order to pay attention to every detail. Socrates had a point, long time ago, “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by… Read more »
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