S39E3 – Learning to Critically Read

We’ve often said that reading is one of your best tools to learn how to write. It’s more than simply consuming the stories, though. To learn the art of writing through reading, you need to be able to read critically.

Critical reading is the process of analyzing not only the writing style, but your own thoughts and feelings toward the story. Writing is subjective. Not everyone is going to view a story in the same way. If you want to appeal to an audience like yourself, you need to know what about a story you find enticing or curious or compelling. You also need to identify what you specifically don’t like, so you can avoid it.

In this episode, we discuss the process of critical reading, some tricks we’ve learned to help in the process, and break down how it can help you.

First aired January 9, 2022.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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