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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Guest posts, Reading | 2 comments

How To Read With Purpose–My Guest Post on Dreaming Hobbit

How To Read With Purpose–My Guest Post on Dreaming Hobbit


Today I’m happy to be on my friend Emily’s blog, Dreaming Hobbit. Emily is a writer and editor who has a lot of great things to say–also, she recently gave her website a makeover and it doth sparkle with much aesthetic appeal. Check her out and give her a follow, if you haven’t yet!

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

No two writers are the same. Some chug their stories out on laptop keyboards, some prefer the stark fluidity of pen and paper, and there are always the zealous few who swear by the adventurous medium of one’s own blood on dungeon walls.

There are coffee guzzlers, tea sippers, cigarette smokers, and those of us who can only write while listening to track four of that obscure indie album. But even with all the differences in daily routines and workflow, every writer shares two core similarities.

We love to write books. And we love to read them.

Many times, it was a love for reading that led to us becoming writers in the first place. Unfortunately, as we get older and the various demands of adult life make their ultimatum, it gets harder to pick up books and lose ourselves in them like we used to.

And this is bad, because as a writers, we have to keep reading. It’s a big part of how we learn and grow in our craft–by observing the work of fellow storysmiths who are good at what they do.

So here’s a few ideas for keeping a steady, healthy, consistent reading diet, and using it to better your craft.

You can read the entire post here.


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  1. This was a great post! I was definitely one of those kids who brought armloads of books home from the library, but now it seems like I barely have a spare moment to read! Just as I feel like I’m catching up on my “to read” list, I discover a new author or series I want to read. A great reminder for me in this post is to read slowly. A way that helps me do that is to read aloud, but I can only do that if it’s a book someone else in my family wants to hear. 🙂 I just finished reading Watership Down by Richard Adams, and then I read it again aloud to to my mom and sister on a car trip. I found out that I got so much more out of the story the second time, because I was forced to read each word, and my eyes couldn’t just skim over the page.

  2. Fantastic post! I’ve been wanting to start a reading list for a while now. I’ll have to get on that. 😉 Thanks so much!

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