Read books!

by Eleanor

Reading other books really helps. Go to a library and ask about certain genres. I found out I like certain books more than others. I fell in love with one author's writing. If you fall in love with a book re-read it! What did you like about it? The characters? The descriptions? The amount of different things? Re-read it. This will help you pick up on vocabulary and grammar. You may even start writing a bit like them. Study the book and see what was your favourite parts. Twist them and make them your own! I did this from a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite funny, but not stupid. Don't steal their ideas though! Twist them. If an author has already used a name you were going to use, use it, but not for the person you intended. I had a main character I was going to call Theo. But the genre I was doing already had a Theo as a main character. I changed it to Rio, and used it on someone else. Read the authors books, as many as you can. You'll find this is very useful. I've read almost all the books off one author, with only three more to read, two of which have only just come out. I hoped this helped

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Sep 18, 2011
Sharing What We Read
by: Anonymous

Hello Eleanor,

I wrote about this exact thing in the last issue of Editor's Notes, my free ezine that you can learn more about at

I invite you to post any bits of writing you find compelling on the Facebook page at

Thanks for sharing.

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