Lee Martin is the Bomb

October 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

Lee Martin is the bomb.  Let’s just acknowledge that.  He is the bomb!  Or whatever cool phrase the kids use these days for “best.”

Here he is instructing readers of his blog how to read like a writer.

bombOne thing I always tell my students is that they have to learn to read the way a writer must if he or she is going to develop a deeper understanding of craft, but what does that really mean? How does a writer read?

I’ll speak only for myself. Years ago, I started reading with an eye for how a writer made a particular piece of writing. What artistic choices did she or he make to create particular effects? I’ll restrict myself to prose, but I suspect the poets among you might be able to apply what I have to say to poetry. Writers should read not only to identify and eventually internalize specific artistic choices, lee_martinbut also to further define their own aesthetics.


It’s important to gauge our responses to the openings of pieces by thinking about the effects they have on us. Openings can come from different aesthetics and have different objectives, but the one thing they simply must have in common is they have to be interesting. We should think about the effects that different kinds of openings have and how the writer creates those effects. A good writer creates his or her ideal audience with the opening and also teaches that audience how to read.

Read Lee’s Full Blog post over here at The Least You Need to Know


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