Sorry, my blogging has been a little wimpy lately. I just pushed out a 38,000 word novella in 16 days. I'm beat!
So I rewarded myself by buying Her Sexiest Mistake, by Jill Shalvis. She's a writer I discovered by her blog, which is a fun read. It makes me smile every day. I took one look at the picture of the cover, and I just KNEW I'd love the book.
In other news, I joined Nanowrimo, username spyscribbler. Drop me a line if you're joining the fun, so I can add you as a buddy! I was skeptical at first, but it looks SO cool. I wish they did it every month! I just looks fun, because you can record your progress in this cool little book thing.
I wanted to do my spy story for Nanowrimo, but I've got to write a novella to help fund our Christmas budget. I'm also working on an essay for an anthology (I'm SO excited about it!), so it's going to be a busy month! I am looking forward to December as my spy story month!
In preparation, I've decided to really analyze all the books I read, since I've been really analyzing my own writing lately. I want my writing to be in as tip-top shape as possible for December, when I write my spy novel. I know that I need to work on LESS dialogue and more observing, description, and introspection. Good news: I think I'm doing okay with conflict and dialogue.
So I have a question. When you're reading in the hopes of learning something about the craft, what sort of things do you read for? What do you analyze? Or do you just read for fun?