Review: Francine Prose - Reading Like a Writer

What would it be to not read for enjoyment, but for something else. Not just to learn something, but to get better in the art of writing. I asked myself that question after I found this book. And I understand now what Francine Prose is saying. There are many ways to improve your writing. But learning from your idols might be the best way to do so.

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There are a lot of good stuff in this book. Mostly, I try to take two or three lessons from each non-fiction book I read. From this one, I’ve taken about six. That’s really, really great. An example is that Francine Prose explains that each word, not each sentence or each paragraph but each word should be conveying information. That is strong. I like that.

I guess the balances in the universe work so that for all the good things in this book, there also needs to be at least some bad things. I had one sorrowful moment when I lost track of a chapter because one of the many examples was actually a very long example as well. I’m talking multiple pages. It took the flow out of the chapter, sadly enough.

All in all, I’m really happy that I’ve read this book. Not everything in it is new, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of those teachings. However, with great advice comes great examples. As in big examples. Still, for me this is a ✩✩✩✩ book!

Have you read Reading Like a Writer? Did you like it as well? What did you take home from it? Let me know by leaving a comment!