Reading Like a Writer

In How to Read Like a Writer, the author talks about how reading a work how its written helps readers better understand works. The author explains how by reading the words one by one, you can see how the author chose their words when they were writing. The author also talks about how reading like this also improved their writing skills;

“ I came to realize that all writing consists of a series of choices. I was an English major in college, but I don’t think I ever thought much about reading. I read all the time. I read for my classes and on the computer and sometimes for fun, but I never really thought about the important connections between reading and writing, and how reading in a particular way could also make me a better writer.”

I think this quote is important because it was relatable and helped me understand the reason why it is important to understand the text I am reading. The author also covers some questions readers should have  like “ do you know the authors purpose for this piece of writing?”

They also recommend comparing the work you are reading to the types of writing you might be expected to do for classes. This article helped me better understand how to read more critically.

In “ and by islands I mean paragraphs” , the creator has a map that starts very small. But the more I zoomed out, I saw the bigger picture. The map is a collection of poems and paragraphs that change when you interact with them. It relates to the other reading because each paragraph is different and is always changing, so you have to separate the paragraphs from their meanings. It helped me understand why reading paragraphs word for word increases understanding for any writing.

Both “Reading Like a Writer” and “by Islands I mean paragraphs” help show how separating paragraphs makes it easy to understand the writing better. RLW gives many real life examples of this and “islands” shows examples of how the paragraphs meaning can be changed so easily but still give the same information.

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