Ideas for Book Lovers Who Like to Write in Response to Reading

September 25, 2016

Ideas for Book Lovers Who Like to Write in Response to Reading

Ideas for Book Lovers Who Like to Write in Response to Reading
Getting the most out of a good work sometimes means putting your ideas into words. Writing in response to your reading is a great way to gather your thoughts, enjoy a good book, and take away good things that will benefit you in the future. Here are some tips to help you get those benefits.

Break Out the Notepad
When you sit down with a good book, why not sit down with two good books—one to read and one to write in. A notepad is a writer’s best friend. You can jot down notes, quotes, and other tidbits without having to markup your precious books.

What are some things to write about?

  • Follow the main character – How did he or she change?
  • Record something quotable
  • Predict what you think will happen at the end
  • Summarize what you have read so far
  • Don’t like the ending? Rewrite one for yourself
  • Personal connection – Which character do you relate to the most?
  • Write down and define words you don’t understand to increase your vocabulary

Break Out the Digital Device
If you use social media, that’s another great way to get involved with the book. Start a blog and write about your favorite books. Or write about things you don’t like. You can express your opinions. Rather than just being a place to review books, you can express how a book makes you feel or maybe why you would want to have a certain character’s life.

Use Twitter to start a dialogue. Just remember that you may get some spoilers, so sometimes it might be best to write after you finish the book. This gives you the chance to state something brief and use the right hashtags to attract responders who enjoy the same book, the same author, or the same genre.

Transform Reading into Creative Writing
One of the best things you can do is write your own creative works after enjoying a good book. While you may find that the work you just read colors what comes out of you, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You may find that many authors have their work influenced by numerous other writers. Rest assured the best way to improve your writing is to read a lot and to write in response.

By the way, if you want a nice notepad to jot down your thoughts as you read, check out the shop. What better way to celebrate literature than with a notepad that celebrates classic American authors.