Bad books help you write better.

Over Bookcation I read a bad book. Like, seriously, this thing was awful. I’m glad I read it.

Now, this isn’t one of those B-movie things where it’s so bad it’s enjoyable to read. I enjoy those kind of movies. Books, when done right, can evoke that same feel. No, this particular novel was just badly written.

So, why am I glad I read it?

When you know something is good or bad, analyzing why it’s one way or another can help you grow in your own writing. You can turn a critical eye to your own work in progress and see if you’re guilty of the same sins. You can use different tactics you’ve learned in other people’s writings to enhance your own.

And in this case, I can look and see: What made this book so bad? Continue reading “Bad books help you write better.”

Write EVERY Day?

Do you need to write every single day if you’re going to be a writer?

Let me ask a related question: Must you go to work every single day to consider yourself employed?

I really hope not! Personally, I value my “days off.” While I rarely get a day to do nothing, those days where I’m not at my usual job are golden. They give me opportunities to spend more time with family. They allow me to catch up on housework. Groceries are nice to have, you know?

At the same time, just because I take a day off, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a job. I still work, and that’s the normal way of things!

Still, if I take too many days off, I may well soon find myself unemployed! Continue reading “Write EVERY Day?”