This is my advice to aspiring writers with a promising story inside.
Read really good books, and only good books. You time is valuable and in short supply, don’t spend it on a book that is less than excellent. I know excellence by the way it captures my interest. Genre doesn’t matter, nor does the reputation of the author. The only thing that matters is the way the story draws you in.
Avidly reading excellent books will impact your writing. It’s like eating gourmet food, it spoils you for anything less.
As you experience phrases like “the blue and red colours of the neon sign bled into the wet street”, from The Poisoned Rose by Daniel Judson, they will stick in your mind and you will automatically know a better way to say things.
Don’t spend too much time over-thinking the choice of book to read. Some of my best finds have been when there was little thought at all, just the seizing of an opportunity.
BookBub, Amazon, Instafreebie, and Gospel eBooks, have become my best friends, I’ve found so many treasures paying attention to their offerings.
Read anything and everything, and then read more of the authors you want to be like, spend enough time with them and you will begin to write like them.
That’s what I am doing…. all of the above, and it is changing me.
Currently reading “The Bone Orchard” sequel to “The Poisoned Rose” by Daniel Judson
To good reading!