SPP203 Intentional Reading for Authors with Maya Goode

Self Publishing Podcast

As a writer, you need to feed your brain with good things. Today the guys talk with Maya Goode, from Literary Roadhouse, about being very intentional with your reading.

  • Something cool: Sean’s glad Stephen King’s book didn’t have a terrible ending; Dave likes Better Call Saul; the guys knock Fuller House
  • When you get the advice ‘read a lot,’ no one tells you WHAT to read, and why
  • Do you think you could read an essay, a poem, and a short story every day?
  • There are benefits of reading short stories to learn; partly because you can experience so many different authors and genres
  • Maya shares a great strategy for picking what books and stories to read
  • Johnny talks about the experience of editing something written years ago
  • Recommendations for books that teach you how to read
  • Do you have a ‘reading queue?’
  • Maya suggests you read the novels that are causing strong love/hate
  • Short stories are huge; Maya shares how she finds an endless supply of short stories
  • It’s okay to read bad stories; sometimes you can learn just as much from a terrible story as you can from one that’s great
  • Have you considered reading internationally? It’s a great way to get different worldviews AND different styles.
  • Everyone goes WAY off track with Fast and Furious critique.
  • Back on topic, Maya suggests letting your writing goals inform the reading list you build.

Comments

  1. Great episode! Great tip on reading authors that have skills you’re trying to improve instead of only reading your genre.

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