Review: “Reading Like a Writer” by Francine Prose

(This will be a brief and informal review. I’m learning to write better reviews. Please forgive me.)

 

My Thoughts:

As a book concerning the craft of writing, I had mixed feelings about reading it. Why? Because most craft books are dry while being informative, and so many of them say the exact same thing. They’re so hard to read again and again.

Prose, though, made her book exciting to read. She kept it interesting, mostly through examples of the work of others. The examples she chose to get her point across were nearly perfect. While the usual things were covered–characters, dialogue, narration and the like–they were covered tastefully and in just enough pages to keep the reader informed. There was no “extra” information, no filler. It was good writing and good advice.

If you’re looking for a craft book that stands out from the sea of others, give this one a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.




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