Saturday, March 7, 2009
What I've been doing lately instead of reading
I haven't read as much lately because I discovered a podcast I really liked and I've been listening to it s much as I can. The podcast is called Writing Excuses and it is meant as a guide to hopeful writers. I am not a hopeful writer as such, more of a hope that someday I might be a hopeful writer, since I can barely find time to write a blog. And, honestly, I would rather read than write.
I love to learn new things, and even though at first I figured I wouldn't be applying anything I heard, I was enjoying the podcasts. They are funny, and I feel like I've gotten to know some people that If they lived in my neighborhood, I would enjoy getting to know better.
But I am becoming a better reader by listening to the podcasts as well. For example, I was very tired Thursday because I drove the missionaries to Price and didn't get home until after midnight. So, being evil, I read a lot. It was the continuation of a series I had read a while ago. The plot was great, but I found myself noticing things I never had before. The voice of the book is the biggest one.
Voice is the way the story is told, first-person, third-person omniscient, second-person, etc. In the podcast they talked about how each voice affects the story and how having an inconsistent voice will mess up a story and confuse the reader. Now I notice when the voice changes without warning or how the author uses the omniscient narrator and how it works.
It is a lot like watching one of those making-of features on a DVD, only the information applies to all books. The three men who do it generally write the genres that I am interested in, so I have also gotten a lot of new book recommendations. I've caught up now, so I won't go around with an earbud in one ear while making dinner anymore. But I can get a new fix every week.
I've tried several other podcasts, but they don't appeal to me as much, which is probably a good thing.