Reflection on Concept of Reading Like a Writer

For those of you who don’t know yet, I am a college student. This blog was created for my English class. We have assigned readings, and we post notes and reflections about them. This week we were assigned a reading called, “How to Read Like a Writer“, by Mike Bunn. Every Monday we do a class discussion about the reading we have been assigned over the weekend. I would have to say this weeks class discussion has been one of my favorites. I find it interesting how we feed different ideas off each other and listening to someone else’s experience reading the same article. There were two huge parts I learned from “How to Read Like a Writer“, I am dying to share, along with an observation one of my classmates made that I never noticed! So, please follow me into my journey of discoveries about how we read! Let us start with the basic piece of writing. Before we read, some of us like to look at what the reading looks like first. Not necessarily skimming yet, but to glance at how long the pages are. Not everyone looks closely at the details of how the passages are set up. My classmate pointed out Mike Bunn sometimes uses, “one-liners” in his article. My English instructor shared, one-liners are used for an important message purpose. I was in, “awe”. I never noticed them when I read. I am now interested in using them in my writing. Moving into my next point, how readers observe authors writings. Mike Bunn shares, (Bunn 73) “The goal is to carefully consider the choices the author made and the technique that he or she used, and then decided whether you want to make those same techniques in your own writing”. After being inspired by Mike Bunn’s one-liners he uses in his writing, I feel like that was a great example to observe what other techniques authors use. One-liners point out the important parts of the article that the author may be trying to get across. Another technique Mike Bunn shares are using quotes to start an article. It is a type of attention getter. You have to be sure the quote matches what your article is about. Pulling away from visually looking at the article you are about to read and observing how the author writes, do you ever wonder what the article is going to be about just by reading the title? Well, Bunn talks about questions you might think about asking before you read, (Bunn 76) “Do you know the authors purpose for this piece of reading?”, “Do you know the intended audience is for this piece of writing?”. These are questions to consider before reading. My English instructor talks a lot about who our intended audience is and to think about it as we continue to post on our blogs. So, as you move along in your reading, Mike suggests you return to the (Bunn 79) “first two questions you asked yourself before reading the article”, along with continuing to ask yourself more questions as you go. Soon you will be reading like a writer in no time.

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