I wrote about the entry about reading analytically, thinking no one would be interested in that kind of topic. But I found some tadokers talking about in what way we should be reading books if we ever be able to learn something while reading. I'm afraid that my previous entry might be misleading without further explanation, so this time I'm going to go over exactly what I'm doing in my mind during my reading a book. I use some easy sentence from the book I'm reading now and explain one by one with a bit of comments. OK, here I go...
Writing Alone and With Others
"Free writing is essentially this: For a specified number of minutes, write freely anything and everything that comes to mind. Keep your pen moving. Make no editorial changes as you write. Try to accept any image, any words that come; just write."
There are one or two big words, essentially or specified, but I think the sentence itself is written with simple and plain style. Now, I'm going to show you which parts I got curious and took a bit of time to think over before reading further.
ここはa/theついてないな Free writing is essentially this: あ ! ":" が使ってある For ":" の後は大文字で始めるんだな a specified number of minutes, ここは "," がいるよな write freely anything and everything "anything and everything"と重ねることで何でも！書いてごらんが強調できるんだな that comes おお、comeがいい感じ出してる to mind. Keep your pen moving. Make no Do not make any よりこっちのほうがよりダイレクトだ editorial changes as you write. Try to accept any image ふむ "s" なしか・・・ , any words that come; just write. ほほう、";" で区切ってさらにjust write でダメ押しだね
That's what I do in my mind while I'm reading those books that I came to like not only its story but also its style and voice.
So, the difference between the general 精読 and my analytic reading is:
- I choose a material which is just right for me. Not too difficult nor complicated, the easier the better. I don't read analytically to understand the meaning of the sentence, but to learn how the author let words work effectively and create some unity in the sentence.
- It's got to have something that I can synchronize myself with its tone and let me be eager to acquire some essence of the writing from.
- I don't usually read slowly and intensely when I read fiction. It doesn't matter the book is for children or grown-ups. Fictions are just too unique to learn how to write, I guess.
How I wish we tadokers get together and talk about the way we read books and share some ideas to be a good writer of English...
While I was reading a new blog entry of my beloved author, Josh Lanyon, I came across an important message for writers and I'm going to share it with you since I thought the message is the very thing that Japanese learners of English, especially when you're interested in writing, need to be aware of all the time.
"Ultimately, good writing is about finding your own voice, learning how to say what you need to say in the most effective way possible."