I’ve had a personal speed-reading breakthrough that will really help some writers.
It’s impossible to become a decent writer (fiction or nonfiction) without reading a lot of the type of stuff you’re trying to write. We know this at gut level. We’ve heard Stephen King say it:
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. It’s that simple.”
But so many of us fiction writers don’t read enough fiction to clue our subconscious minds into the game. It’s subtle training we get from novels, but it’s vital to our success.
For me, there were two related hurdles…
1. I’m naturally a slow, careful reader. Too much test taking, maybe.
Unfortunately, reading slowly turns out to be more work per word than reading faster, especially in fiction. (I know this now from personal experience.)
Despite taking a speed-reading course during college and using various speed-reading software off…
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