Most writers will tell you, the best way to learn to write is to READ.
When I write, I look for mentor texts – published books that tackle a topic or a way of writing that can teach me how to make my own writing stronger.
One of my favorite things to do is visit the library in our elementary school and read to students. Reading aloud to kids helps me understand the sound of books and the reaction of readers to what’s happening in the story. I read my own work aloud, too. Or I ask my kids to read it aloud to me. I can figure out what I need to change when I hear how the words flow (or don’t).
I also read a lot of my writer friends’ manuscripts and offer feedback through critiques. Reading with a critical eye and sharing thoughts on what parts of a story are working and where a story needs attention helps me with my own writing. My critique partners read my work, too, and offer feedback to help me improve my craft.
I can’t write without reading. And I can’t read without wanting to write!
What I’m reading…
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
and too many picture books to count!