Reading for Technique

Warning: This post may contain spoilers for the Lunar Chronicles.

Unsurprisingly, after I finished writing my blog post “Sucked In,” I continued to binge read. I finished Marissa Meyer’s Fairest and am currently about 3/4 of the way through Winter. When a series pulls you in, it really pulls you in! I’m a big fan of that.

While reading, I have been taking notes for technique and goals in writing. If any of you readers out there are also building your world [read: personal empire between pages], then you can appreciate a few weaknesses I am pinpointing in my own furtive novel construction.

Notes from the Would-Be Writer: An except from the writing journal.

  1. Structure
  2. Villain
  3. Personality
  4. Plot Twist
  5. Army?



One thing I appreciate about the Lunar Chronicles that I also came to expect from the Harry Potter series growing up was a predictable pattern of structure. In HP, each novel orbited around a new year of schooling at Hogwarts. In the LC, it was a new fairy tale princess all dolled up in sci-fi that cued the next act. Continue reading Reading for Technique


Sucked In

The absolutely, most irrefutably marvelous thing about reading is getting sucked in. It always happens to me unexpectedly, sometimes on page 2, sometimes not until I make it all the way to the climax. But when it happens, stars. It’s wonderful.

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