How Reading Literary Fiction Can Improve a Writer’s Craft - podcast

For many new writers it's exciting to think about getting published, maybe even becoming a bestseller or being able to make enough money as a writer to quit your day job. Author and writing teacher Georgia Lee advises new writers to focus less on getting published and selling books, and a lot more on improving your writing craft. The most important thing, she says, is writing the best manuscript possible. Lee is a fan of literary fiction including many of the classics, but sees trends such as short attention spans leading writers away from reading the right kind of books as research. Lee quotes bestselling historical fiction author Philippa Gregory as saying, "Don't read something ordinary and say you can write at least that well, read the very best of the best and strive to write better than that."  Lee's advice: don't underestimate the importance of reading literary fiction just because it's not in style.

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  • Yes true I am not a writer but excited to get my first book done .

    For a new writer like myself. I am poor in this aspect , reading books. I am making effort to read more books. My other weakness is not so good in English, perhaps poor vocabulary and cannot write well.