I have lately started reading mystery/ thriller fiction from the 1930s as a palate cleanser. I finished “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” and “The Maltese Falcon.”
My word, every writer should read these works. The prose is sparse yet insightful, the plots and pacing are superb, and the characterization through description and dialogue is par none. We can all learn something from these writers to help our own prose.
Sometimes, I think we all get too bound up with “what the industry wants” as far as style instead of “what this story needs.” Innovative fiction and a well-written story are always the right design choice.
So, try to read a few books in different genres, different styles of writing, time periods, poetry, anything that will keep your creative juices flowing and keep your own writing fresh.
Until next time,