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Reading Like a Writer
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them | Francine Prose
DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carr for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery OConnor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Bronts structural nuance and Charles Dickenss deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div
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GatheringBooks
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NeamhainHughes
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Pickpick

Finally finished! Valuable read. I didn‘t agree with all of it, and I found her to be contradictory in spots, but it got me thinking about reading in a fresh way. Recommend for sure.

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NeamhainHughes

I finally got into this book again and read about half of it this morning. It‘s inspiring me to read a bunch of other books next, so yay!

SW-T Yay! Sounds like a good book. Welcome to Litsy 😊 10mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!#LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
NeamhainHughes Thanks! 10mo
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 10mo
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Kdibeck0
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Trying to re-learn how to be a close reader today. And procrastinating by reading about writing instead of actually working on my short story. #multitasker

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
MaGoose I do that all the time, too. 1y
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iread2much
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Thank you so much @JennyBookworm ! Your gifts were so thoughtful and the perfect end to a rather difficult day at work. Thank you @inwhichHeikereadsharder for organizing this excellent exchange!

JennyBookworm I hope you enjoy them! It was more difficult than I thought it would be to pick out things for someone else 🙂 2y
iread2much @JennyBookworm it can be, but I appreciate all of your hard work! Thank you! 2y
heikemarie My pleasure, great work @JennyBookworm !! 2y
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Louise
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Really looking forward to these books! The two novels are in LARGE PRINT, which feels utterly effortless to read. I'm curious to read what Francine Prose has to say about reading like a writer. I think everyone who has studied literature and writing already reads like a writer-- naturally aware of structure, style, and so on. What will Prose add to the mix? It will be fun to find out!

AmyG Good books! 2y
Louise Good to hear, @AmyG! I just started Rules of Civility and am enjoying it thus far. 2y
minkyb Nice haul. 2y
Louise @minkyb Thanks! I'm looking forward to diving in! 2y
Chelleo Love large print! 2y
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HannaPolkadots
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Weekend plan ❤ Have a good One, everyone!

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ozma.of.oz
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#stripes I should really read this book at some point. 😂 #readingresolutions @Jess7

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kerry
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Finished this one up after reading a chapter a month for @StephanieY's awesome book club, and can't recommend to readers enough. It made me think about how authors write--and how I read--in entirely new ways. I'll be re-reading again next year in the same style (a chapter a month along with one of the books Prose uses as an example in each chapter), and am already excited to go back to the beginning. #readinglikeawriter #bookclub

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StephanieY
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Another weekend prepping for #readersworkshop. Love this quote by Francine Prose: "writers are most commonly being told these days: their characters should be likable and sympathetic so the reader can care about them... But masterpieces survive in which all that's expected of us is that we be INTERESTED in the characters, engaged by their fates, intrigued by their complexities, curious about what will happen to them next."

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alvingregorio
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Bailedbailed

It is like sitting in a really boring class, watching the clock go backwards.

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kmbezner
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forcing myself out of a reading slump by getting pumped about classes like a nerd

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ByChallaF
Bailedbailed

I just couldn't​ finish it

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MelindaOtt
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Foxyfictionista
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So far, this book is winding me up. I'm only up to chapter 2 and so far it's been a lot of her taking about how well read she is and then there's the bit that I've underlined to let us know why there are so many dead white men who are deemed to be 'great'. I thought this might be a bit more academic since she's a professor but so far it's just her waffling on about her exquisite taste in literature. I'm going to carry on so we'll see how it goes.

LindsayReads Oh hell no! 3y
Foxyfictionista @LindsayReads I know, right? What the hell does it have to do with reading like a writer? She sounds pretentious af but I'm going to give her a chance to teach me something. 3y
LindsayReads Or hate-read, which can be just as rewarding 😁 3y
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Foxyfictionista @LindsayReads Haha! True! 🤣 3y
minkyb I look forward to your next installment! 3y
Foxyfictionista @minkyb Hopefully it will be more positive! 3y
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ByChallaF

But soon we even to ask what else those marks on the page can give us.

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samharnold
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Mehso-so

I was recommended this book by Stephen King. Not personally you understand but in his excellent memoir, On Writing. For this reason and probably unfairly I found myself comparing the two. For me they simply didn't compare hence the low rating.

This book is far more like a text book than I expected. There are some very valuable tips throughout, they are just not presented in as friendly a manner as others I have read.

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samharnold
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It was on the shelf right behind my head. Might keep the aliens busy for a while #funfridayphoto

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samharnold
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I didn't realise until I read this. I was attracted to all the same children's book. I too like books that transported me to another world. #childrensbooks #bookworm

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! Anything that is considered "a love letter to the pleasures of reading" is an automatic add to my TBR, no exceptions. Prose shows how to be both a great reader & a great writer at the same time. She uses examples from Philip Roth, Isaac Babel, George Eliot, Flannery O' Connor, and many more. How could you not want to read this?! ☺️ #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

Shortstack This books is actually quite wonderful. I'm a big fan. 3y
zsuzsanna_reads I loved it too. I pick it up sometimes to refer back to my favourite bits. 3y
angrylilasian I have this somewhere. Thanks for reminding me that I need to find it. 😄 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 I purchased that book prematurely, did not connect with it, I gave it away. Now I think my opinion would differ. 3y
Carissa-Green-Reads And there's a reading list in the back of the book. I adore reading lists. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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kdwinchester
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hwheaties Haha I only got 82%! 3y
limada I got 91%... Shocking. #inserteyeroll 3y
Krisjericho Haha! 98% here, too. 3y
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BookBoggart Managed a 94% 3y
Sasha728 I only got 88%. I must be slipping. 3y
Aquedita 91% :) 3y
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shanaqui
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The first chapter was on point: I prefer new criticism to all the literary theories, generally. I was taught by Martin Coyle, author of a book called PRACTICAL CRITICISM -- definitely recommended. And what Prose describes about the way the practice of close reading opened up the texts was so very true -- SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT was a revelation in that context. But then it's all extracts, out of context, with a summary. Eh.

shanaqui I can close read on my own, if I want to -- I don't need a book to so it for me. Try the book mentioned, or maybe John Peck's HOW TO STUDY A POET for more of a primer on how to close read. 3y
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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Current audiobook. Main bit of advice so far is to read slowly and think about what the words are doing. I should take that advice and not read too fast. But so many books! And so few hours! #bookwormissues

Victoria_Clyne Ah the dilemma of a dedicated reader. :) 3y
WordWaller I've had this book for literally forever and I still haven't read it!! 3y
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jess_mccoy
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Hit my favorite bookstore today for some new books! (Only two are for me 😉)

jess_mccoy @StephanieY I won't be able to read each book every month, but I've got this to start with and I'll look ahead to see which ones I can join you for! 3y
StephanieY That's great! This book is such a gem. 3y
jess_mccoy @StephanieY I just read through the first chapter this morning and oh! I like her as a reader. I think we'll get along well. 3y
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StephanieY
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Anyone have tips for discussing a short story collection as a book club? Prepping for #readersworkshop book club where we'll look at Munro's Shaker box simplicity.

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kerry
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Up next! So excited for @StephanieY's book club at Curious Iguana themed off of this book. Fellow Marylanders, y'all are joining, right? January covers words and Alice Munro's The Moons of Jupiter. I. Cannot. Wait.

kerry Psssst @jess_mccoy, are you doing this book club by any chance? 3y
chowmeyow I love this book. I've been wanting to re-read it for a while, it's so lovely. 3y
jess_mccoy I plan to but haven't gotten it yet (crazy week so I can't get to the Iguana). I don't think I can keep up every month (esp bc the first one is in a week) but I def want to jump in for some! 3y
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StephanieY
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This book has changed my reading life forever. I am now a more thoughtful and critical reader. It's had such an impact that I'm even doing a book club based on it in 2017 - #readersworkshop at Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD. Join me! http://curiousiguana.com/event/readers-workshop/2017-01-12/

StephanieY Also, my pup is growing TOO FAST! #dogsoflitsy 3y
jess_mccoy I definitely want to read this book! And I'm intrigued by the book club! Can you jump in and out or is it expected to commit to all 12 books? (I already have several book clubs and I don't think I could keep up) 3y
StephanieY You should join us when you can @jess_mccoy!! We'll be reading this book chapter by chapter but you could read along at any pace! 3y
jess_mccoy Excellent! I will try and get to the Iguana this week! 3y
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Sydsavvy
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Acting always gets me out of writers block. Look what I'm finally about to finish.

geodynamical 🎭 3y
Sydsavvy @geodynamical ah yay another one! 3y
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Balibee146
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Pickpick
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Balibee146
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Still reading this on my phone bit by bit and really enjoying it. Oh I've now become a coffee fiend. I used to drink about one cup a year....now I have a daily Latte Macchiato while I read....

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Balibee146
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Been reading this on and off for a while. Insightful and fascinating exploration of the tools of the trade :-);

bmsddk This looks super helpful! Thanks for sharing ☺ 3y
Balibee146 @bmsddk Hi - it really is. So many excerpts from books and writers though - your tbr will expand hugely while reading this! 3y
bmsddk An ever-expanding TBR list is not such a bad occupational hazard to have 😜 Are you a writer? 3y
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Balibee146 Lol @bmsddk I dabble, but never enough time at the moment for more than notebook jottingsExpecting to be a late bloomer - explosion of words once the kids are older. 3y
Balibee146 Thr full stop. It disappeared. . There it is :-) 3y
bmsddk Very much looking forward to when your explosion sets off ☺ 3y
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niftytiffd
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This excerpt speaks to the editor/writer in me! 📝

MrBook Nice! 😊👍🏻 3y
Bookworm83 Love this book! 3y
niftytiffd @MrBook I think so!😉 @Bookworm83 I'm enjoying it so far!!😊 3y
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Sydsavvy
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"Hey, you still Good there mom? Just checking. The Olympics are pretty exciting tonight. Probably more exciting than Paragraphs. Just saying." #dexterlove #dogsoflitsy #rescuedogs

Eyelit 💜🐶 4y
Sydsavvy @Eyelit yes he's a sweetie! 4y
KarenUK That face! 4y
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Sydsavvy @KarenUK yes! He's the Phantom of the Opera! 4y
britt_brooke Cutie! 4y
Sydsavvy @britt_brooke thanks! I see you have one with a sweet face, too! 4y
britt_brooke @Sydsavvy I sure do. ☺️ Thanks! 4y
Sydsavvy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks 😊🐶 me and my dog ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Sydsavvy
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Thank you LITSY for telling me about this book. It's already fantastic!

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WhatStaceyReads
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Picked up 9 more books for only $50 at 2nd and Charles today, and I don't feel one bit guilty. Just so excited to start reading these beauties!!

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autumnprivett
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Pickpick

This is the writing class I always wanted but never had.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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emmagwriter

Re-reading this for the third time. It keeps reminding me how to read well so I can write well.

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kdwinchester
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One of my favorite books about writing. Prose takes you word by word, analyzing each choice writers make. Prose is now my hero. She also has the best author name ever. 📖📝💙 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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