In reading like a writer prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters she reads the work of the very best writers dostoyevsky flaubert kafka austen dickens woolf chekhov and discovers why their work has endured. Reading francine proses reading like a writer the second time was a very different experience from reading it four years ago when i didnt know much about the craft of writing when i read it the first time i didnt find the book to be of any practical value. Hence the problem i had read a librarys worth of great books but made very little progress as a writer eventually the reason became clear to me i wasnt reading like one i discovered that in order to make the most of my reading what i needed was a game plan a strategy for discerning a storys underlying blueprint. Reading like a writer is a writing guide by american writer francine prose published in 2006 background subtitled a guide for people who love books and for those who want to write them prose shares how she developed her writing craft through writing and reading she uses examples from literature to demonstrate how fictional . Learning to read like a writer can be a great benefit to students as teachers of writing know a term goes by too quickly and there is much to cover this chapter however suggests ways students can improve their interaction with text by reading like writers from the start of a course
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