Reading is Not the Same After Writing



by Samantha Fenton


One of the most surprising things I found had happened as a result from starting to write seriously, was how I read books differently. After writing a novel, I can’t look at a book the same way again – which makes sense, right?

Picture someone close to you deciding to play soccer. You don’t know much about soccer. Turns out, that someone is really into it, and you end up going to a lot of their games and listening to them talk about it all the time. You’re going to have a different view about soccer now because of it. Now, maybe you can watch a soccer game on tv without being bored. You can watch a player shoot a goal and you can say, “wow! What a great play!” Or see the player make a pass a say, “what a terrible pass. They should’ve held onto it!”

This goes for writers too. You can’t write a book without the way you read things changing. For me, I can’t read through a book without talking about the brilliant way they worded this, or how the author just used that same word, or about how I hate that word choice, or how that scene was way to descriptive. Before I started writing, I never noticed or thought about these things. Now, I can’t help it when I think of how the author used one too many “ly” words in that scene (it’s terrible of me, I know).

I also used to read to the end of every book I started. Since writing, I find myself loosing interest in more books more often. I’ll read through three fourths of a book, then decide I don’t need to read the ending, because I already know what’s going to happen. Again, before writing, I would read every word of every sentence. Now, I find myself skimming over a lot in books I don’t feel connected to.

In reading anything, I’ll be actively thinking about the sentence structure or the word choice the author used, or how the author wanted this paragraph to come across to us readers. Once you’ve been on the other side of a book (the author side), it’s hard to go back to simply being a reader.





Guest post contributed by Samantha Fenton. Samantha lives in Ridgefield, Washington on a beautiful ten acres filled with many beloved pets. Samantha is currently striving to traditionally publish, as well as enjoying her passion for golf. 

23 thoughts on “Reading is Not the Same After Writing

  1. I think this goes for any interest.

    When you start seriously studying or paying attention to any craft, you naturally become more aware in the strong points and downfalls in others with that craft. It’s because on your path to becoming a better [insert passion here], you see what works and what doesn’t time and time again. Your expertise gives you the ability to truly judge something for not only what it is, but for *how it’s done*.

    Nobody is more snobbish about movies than a cinephile, and likewise, nobody is more picky about their literature than a passionate writer.

    Great article, man.

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  2. I started writing at such a young age– and yes, I took it seriously then– that I can’t remember reading another way. For me, the major change in the way I read came when I went to college and was expected to read on a deeper, more analytical level. This, in turn, changed the way I wrote.

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  3. Very good analogy.

    My daughter played soccer. The coach was so tired of parents trying to yell out order to the kids and coaches that he asked us to play a game of soccer with the kids. It’s not as easy as the kids make it look, and man were my shins sore! Unfortunately, most parents declined to participate, but those of us who did gained a deep respect for what our kids were going through.

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  4. So true. The kind of books I enjoy are thrillers and they just happened to usually be bestsellers or written by bestselling writers. However, i’m finding some of the premises to be obvious, flimsy, or questionable in plausibility. So, I’m thinking, is it time to move on, after reading all these writers’ books for so long . . .


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