Every writer learns about writing, in part, through reading. I have certain books that I love dearly, and certain authors that I read obsessively. The more I teach, the more I notice what authors do when they write. I love authors who pay attention to sentence structure and create variety in writing.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
On Writing by Stephen King
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Louisa May Alcott
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Ursula K. Le Guin
Though I would never shame anyone, there is a benefit to reading "bad writing." Careful analysis of what works is as important as studying what isn't working in a piece. Sometimes I just abandon books, but other times, I push through and finish. I want to know from start to finish why I think there are problems.
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