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I’ve always been an avid reader. I’ve always got several unputdownable books going at the same time. I am fascinated by the power of storytelling. A good book can transport us to another world, make us laugh, make us cry, and make us think. It can change our lives.
One of the best ways to learn how to tell a good story is to read unputdownable books. These are the kind of books that compel you to stay up late for just one more chapter, even when you have to wake up early the next morning. It’s easy to lose track of your obligations because you’re so engrossed in the story.
Reasons To Read An Unputdownable Book
They can teach us how to create compelling characters
The very best books have characters that you can’t help but care about. They’re flawed, but they’re also relatable. You root for them to succeed, even when you know that the odds are stacked against them. As a writer, you can learn a lot about character development by reading captivating prose. Pay attention to how the author introduces the characters, how they develop over the course of the story, and how they interact with each other.
They can teach us how to create a gripping plot
A good plot is essential for an engrossing story. It’s the thread that ties the story together and keeps the reader engaged. There are a few key things to keep in mind when creating a gripping plot. First, make sure that the story has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Second, keep the stakes high. The reader should always be wondering what’s going to happen next. And third, don’t be afraid to add twists and turns.
They can teach us how to use language effectively
Engrossing stories are often written in beautiful, evocative language. The author uses words to create images in the reader’s mind and to evoke emotions. As a writer, you can learn a lot about the use of language by reading unputdownable books. Pay attention to the author’s word choice, sentence structure, and imagery. How do they use language to create a sense of place? To convey emotion? To make the reader feel something?
They can inspire us to write our own stories
Reading great books can inspire us to write our own stories. We see what’s possible when a writer has a clear vision and the skills to execute it.
If you’re feeling stuck in your writing, pick up a great read and let it inspire you. See how the author creates characters, plots, and uses language. And then start writing your own story.
Other Benefits of Reading Unputdownable Books
- Expand our vocabulary.
- Learn about different cultures.
- Develop our critical thinking skills.
- Improve our empathy.
- Decompress and relax.
So there you have it. Many reasons why writers should read unputdownable books. If you’re looking for ways to improve your craft, I highly recommend picking up a few engrossing volumes and seeing what you can learn.
Unputdownable Book Recommendations
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
These are just a few of the many magnificent pieces of literature out there. Get out there and start reading!
Everyone has a story to tell.