When I decided to write as a serious effort, I picked several of my favorite authors to re-read. I tried to read them critically and dissect out what it was that so impressed me about them. It was actually a lot of fun as well as educational. I’ve written on that before, but now that I’m working on the second book, I’ve noticed an unexpected side effect.
It’s hard to turn off.
I love to read and I’m a firm believer that I can’t be a good writer, much less a better writer, without reading. Now, though, I’m constantly examining the words and phrasing of what I’m reading, wondering how I would write it and why it was written that way in the first place. It’s hard to immerse myself in a story when I’m checking the grammar and punctuation. I’m sure established authors are either nodding knowingly or doing a face palm that the new guy certainly doesn’t know much.
But that’s all right. I’m learning and that has an excitement of its own. Eventually I still get lost in the story when I can find enough time to simply sit and read. Makes me wonder what other side effects are waiting for me as I travel this road. It’s a little worrisome, but that too is part of the excitement.
Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment.
And, yes, I realize I keep starting sentences with conjumctions and other bad grammar. Everyone needs a break occasionally, if just to appreciate the right way to do things.