Okay, so over the break I read five books. I tend to go in spurts in my reading because I have a hard time reading and working on my own writing. So when I find myself burned out beyond belief on revisions, I turn to books. Funny how I never feel "burned out" on writing, but I haven't written anything new for ages. But, well, that's another story for another day.
I really enjoyed the books I read. But there was one that absolutely captivated me.
The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is a lover of words.
Because, holy blazes, the woman knows how to use the right words to tell the story.
And that's the kind of author I want to be. Not one that just has an amazing story (which The Unnameables does) or compelling characters (another check for Ms. Booraem), but one that when people read the book, they'll go, "Ah, this author knows how to use the right words to build the story."
Because that's how powerful words are. They're an author's tools.
I love books like The Unnameables because they're tutorials on how to use my tools the most effectively.
What do you look for when reading? Are you looking for ways to use the right words? How?
Oh! And I'm doing a monthly newsletter for 2010. I added a little linky thing in my sidebar, right below my profile. I'm going to be collecting the best blog posts, announcing contests, discussing hot topics in publishing and sharing news of my book (when I have some). So sign up, okay? Okay. I'm so excited for the new decade!