Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer is a great book by Francine Prose, an American novelist, essayist, and critic. In addition to serving as a reading manual, it is a writing basics 101 textbook which teaches the art of writing novels and poems by reading literary masterwork. This book is based on the principle that all good writers and great readers, slow readers at that. 

After reading this book, I went back to the works of great writers I’ve grown to admire throughout the years and spent some time studying their work, paying closer attention to everything from words to sentences and how they handle characters and dialogues. If I’m honest with myself, I’ll definitely have to agree with the fact that once I put a stop to my fast reading and started approaching books as I would approach riddles, I saw the quality of my writing rise. 

 

As I broke some sweat to discover at least some of the hidden layers of meaning in each of my favourite texts, I uncovered a ton of techniques used by my favourite writers. Similar to Francine’s claims, I started enjoying the experience and it became a fun-filled Easter egg hunt for me. For the past several months, I have been having a ton of fun cracking writing codes that have been embedded in the text and this section is where I would like to share my experiences and fun-filled adventures of cracking writing codes that exist just to be deciphered by fellow writers.