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Fifteen Tips On Close Reading

Posted by Green Door in Creative Writing 09 Apr 2016

It’s one of life’s truisms that reading widely and critically is essential if you’re serious about writing. You don’t need a degree in literature to be a critical reader; a lot of it is good, old fashioned common sense, and you’ll have most likely been reading this way naturally for years already, so naturally in fact that you might not be aware that you’re doing it. The next stage, especially if you’re beginning to write your own fiction, is to focus much more consciously on the individual components of narrative structure, and to apply this knowledge to your own writing.

The trick is to not just consume a piece of writing for entertainment – important though the pleasure of reading for itself is – but to actively deconstruct.

You can usefully break down a narrative as follows, asking these questions of the text in order to interpret and understand it:

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