Another month has flown by and it’s February 1–also the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post.
Optional Question for Today: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
First of all, I would say that it has changed my experience as a reader. But second I would say that I often set aside my writer’s eye and just read books for enjoyment rather than to learn about the craft (although I’m sure some learning happens anyway.)
I tend to think more about what I’m reading when either I don’t particularly like what I’m reading or else if I really like it–but then I try to let myself read for pleasure first and then study the text.
Since I’ve been working more on picture books lately, both writing and illustrating, I’ve been going back to some books I love and looking at what I like about them. I’ve also been looking at books recommended to me to see how they’re put together–illustration, text, page breaks, background color or not.
I’ve been looking at this one a lot lately–“Best Frints in the Whole Universe” by Antoinette Portis
The story makes me laugh and I love the simple illustration style. I tend to make everything very complex–with lots of texture and color–it doesn’t always work.
I’ve also been looking at this book a lot:
because I’m working on the book dummy for my story, “Dung Beetles in Love” and this has some wonderful illustrations of those amazing critters (although mine are much less realistic and more whimsical).
I’ve also been hearing that white backgrounds often work better than color backgrounds–the figures show up more. (I learned this by looking, and also by being told!) Here’s an illustration I’ve been playing with of a scene from the fairy tale, “The Golden Goose” in two versions–one with a color background and white. I think the white background is better (although maybe without the scribbling!)–don’t you?
Anyhow, back to the original question–my main answer as to how my reading has changed is that I appreciate much more the art and craft that go into writing a story of any sort.
I’ve been an avid reader for a very long time. I still am. Sometimes I have to take a break from reading because it’s hard for me to stop reading if I find an engaging story–and then I run out of time to do my own work–or stay up too late to read just one more chapter.
The world of words–amazing and powerful–a magical place to be!
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