Reading Like a Writer is a writing guide by American writer Francine Prose, published in Contents. 1 Background; 2 Summary; 3 Books to be Read. 26 May Louise Doughty enjoys Francine Prose’s clarion call to all writers who purport to take their work seriously. I. Francine Prose confesses—and professes—a fundamental truth of writing on page two of her recent book on writing, Reading Like A Writer: Like most.

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Its aim is truth—unconditional and honest.

Comments that are not civil or constructive will be deleted. At the very least, it’s a celebration of books and the art that goes into creating them. Instead, Prose says that there are rules, but here are many, many ex I was reminded of teachers of programming and tech aa of that nature.

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Oct 29, Fabian rated it really liked it. She doesn’t actually put it like that, and she never comes out and says “Genre fiction is shit,” but reading between the lines, that seems to be her attitude. I felt like a student in one of her fiction classes.

This calls to mind Elizabeth Bowen’s observation: Just wrkter moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

And I suppose that is the strength of this book, her ability to look at the many examples offered and deconstruct them. That said, serious readers will learn an important lesson: The point about learning from great writers is well made but if there is fault in this excellent book, it is in Prose’s anxiety to defend The Canon.


You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. The chapter on sentences was my favorite, just for the way Prose just plain geeks out on the subject of sentences: Sep 27, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was amazing Q My highlighter ran dry as I eagerly noted large swaths of wisdom and great lines from the many excerpts.

Dialogue scares the bejesus out of me, so I pored over this section, looking for the key. Revolutionary Roa Oh, these nuggets of wisdom from popular producing writers. Those lile don’t have the time nor the inclination to ponder every luscious word and are more interested in writing a story than crafting the perfect sentence need not apply. Fair warning, your to-read list and Amazon cart will overflow after only a few chapters.

I enjoy reading them in part because it’s reassuring to know that books are still subjects of and a means to explore big and small ideas.

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The first chapter, on Close Reading, was very reassuring and gave writrr cause to be quite pleased with myself too. So I was glad to find this book as it encourages taking your time and enjoying the ride.

After reading the Silver Brumby books, for instance, I practiced writing description, creating pieces that weren’t even complete short storiesoften discarded, like sketches. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Every great writer is a mystery, if only in that some aspect of his or her talent remains forever ineffable, inexplicable, and astonishing.


Oct 04, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is nowhere clearer than in the chapters that bookend those on close reading. We’d love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. Yes, I realize I’m assuming here.

Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose

In this way, the students and I would get through as much of the text as possible—sometimes francin or four, sometimes as many as ten, pages—in a two-hour class. It must, therefore, contain uncontradictable truth, to warrant the original lie. The author is just amazing!

In this way, an initial reading can provide a foundation, but the chapters remain as toolbox to open when a particular writing challenge presents itself. I have accumulated many thoughts readig writing, from Francine Prose and other sources, on my author blog.

She’s like my new best friend. Finally, Prose gives us an exhaustive delve into the greats themselves: It was utter misery. Was it well written? What kind of books do you like to read? Everyone has their comfort zone. Writing dialog is really tricky, and proes doles out a lot of good advice.