A funny thing happened to me when I first started writing and I wonder if it happens to others. I stopped reading. Why? Because I was afraid that I’d be influenced by their work. That’s too bad because not only is reading an enjoyable pastime which I purposely denied myself, but it’s also the best way to learn - by osmosis.
I don’t know why I thought being influenced by great stories, or novels that I enjoyed would be a bad thing. I guess I was afraid that I’d start sounding like them. As if that would be so bad...
Happily, I’ve started reading again, and without apology, I’m absorbing these books like a Bounty paper towel.
Right now I’m on a Stephen King kick. I’d always been a fan and back in the day, “It” scared the pants off me. I just finished Dr. Sleep and am currently halfway through Duma Key, which I might like even better. The protagonist in Duma Key (Edgar Freemantle) makes a comment that the “Devil is in the details.”
I agree. I think it’s the little details that breathe life into the story and make it memorable. As a matter of fact, I suspect it is one of the cornerstones in getting DPOV right. (Something I’m still learning to do.)
Thank you for visiting my blog. Keep on writing – and reading!