Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose

I was recommended Reading Like a Writer by Stephen King. Not personally you understand but in his excellent memoir, On Writing. For this reason and probably unfairly I found myself comparing the two. For me, they simply didn’t compare hence the low rating.

This book is far more like a textbook than I expected. There are some very valuable tips throughout, they are just not presented in as friendly a manner as others I have read.

Something which I found strange in this book. If I left a chapter half read I simply could not get back into that chapter. I found I had to finish the chapter in one sitting to understand the message throughout. This was made especially difficult as some of the chapters were fairly lengthy. This is a valuable insight into writing but in my opinion should be used more as a textbook than an everyday read. ⭐️⭐️

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