Hi lovely cyberbuddies! Short post today--I'm doing Revisions Round 3: line edits.
WRITING VS. READING
While it's all fine and good to read over your own manuscript with a critical eagle-eye, what do you do when it comes down to reading published books?
When I find time to do "pleasure reading," I admit I have trouble taking off my writer or editor's hat. Unless sections of a book really captivate me so that I forget I'm reading, I read books through the lens of plot, character, pacing, strength of descriptions, etc.
I analyze. Constantly.
I read like a WRITER reading a book, rather than like a READER reading a book.
My hubby asks me if I can relax and just enjoy a book without analyzing it. I'm not so sure I can anymore. Reading is pleasurable, yes, but it's also my research. I read YA books in various genres to find out what has been published, what's out there. I want to see how these books work--what makes them zip or sag, how the plot is structured, and how the characters run around on the pages.
What about you--are you able to set aside your editor's hat when you read?
Do you consider reading as pleasure or as research? Something in between?
When you find minor things that bug you in a book, are you less enthusiastic about it?