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BLARGH: Read, Write, Revel...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Read, Write, Revel...

IF YOU'RE READING THIS BLARGH, you're reading. Ergo, you enjoy reading and don't need me to give you a reason to do so. But I will anyway, because readergirlz is doing this tribute to the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teen Read Week (18 October - 24 October). They've asked bloggers (do blarghers count?) to shout out YALSA's awesome event and reading in general.

So here's a reason to read — maybe for you it's reason #645,293. Or it might just be reason #1. The more you read, the better you'll write. Promise. So whether you want to write for a (tee-hee!) career, bang out a kick-ass term paper/essay test answer, or simply compose a text message that will make someone go "whoa!" — read. Become a critical reader, a writer-reader — let your reading inform your work.

Yeah, it's a trick. Reading is like taking a writing class, only a really fun one, and you gain the benefits practically by osmosis. Reading will help you perfect POV, dialogue, plotting, pacing — basically, all that stuff that makes a good piece of writing. Plus you'll probably learn a new word or two, and you can't know too many of those babies!

So have fun on YALSA Teen Read Week (that's 10/18 - 10/24...which isn't even a whole week but we'll give 'em a pass on that) and pay homage to those readergirlz too. For more writing tips from me, check out the FREAQS page at And, if you haven't done so already, I strongly suggest that you prepare to SWOON...


Blogger Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks so much, Nina!

October 13, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of enjoying words, i'm going to put on my nerd hat and say... osmosis is actually involving water, diffusion is that same thing as osmosis, but minus the water. *removes nerd hat*
thanks for the tips on reading and writing. :)

November 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

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