Wordplay: Remember that “book”?

3 thoughts on “Wordplay: Remember that “book”?”

  1. I have two comments:
    I agree, it’s very instructive to deconstruct a successful book and analyze why it succeeds in hooking you, and keeping you interested. But I refuse to do this to my adored favorites — the ones I hug after reading, I love them so much. Because I’m afraid if I look behind the curtain, and see all the cranks turning, and pistons moving, I won’t get as much pleasure the next time I read it.
    Second: Yes, it is helpful to ask yourself why an author’s descriptions work, whether the premise is sound, etc. To add to that, I actually revel in passages that don’t work. In fact, I dog ear pages when I come across a really terrible metaphor, description, etc., just as I dog ear a page when I love a passage. (I only do this to my own personal books — not library books! Never!) It’s a hobby of sorts. It makes me chuckle. And truthfully, sometimes it’s so bad it’s good, kind of like certain B-movies.

    I enjoyed your post!

  2. Thanks Maureen, its awesome that at least someone is following the blog. And for your comment I find that my favourites were good because there was so little wrong with them; think of it as reading it not to critique it but to delve deeper into its joy. Also by understanding why they were so good, it allows one to see how your own writing can improve.

  3. Neat word play. Thanks Josh. I like to underline sentences in a book and then years later come back and look at what I underlined (and see how much I have changed). Again, like Maureen only to my books and never library.

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