A question for all writers: How do you read? When you pick up a book, do you read it purely for pleasure? Do you find yourself critiquing the story? Do you find yourself learning how to craft your own novel better?
I ask it of writers because I think people who don’t write approach a book differently. At least I do. Don’t get me wrong – I still read for pleasure. But, part of my brain also evaluates plot, character, word choices, and pace. The longer I write, the more I detect subtle symbolism and word selection.
All this also begs the question: Do you, as a writer, think you enjoy the books you read more as a writer, or do you think you’d enjoy them more as a reader? I’ve gone back to reread some of my favorite books now that I write. It’s true that I see them in a different light than before. I like some of them more, others less.