My recent reading has been putting my recent writing to shame. This is completely understandable: I’m writing a first draft, and it’s a normal part of the process to “hate your work but power through” on a first draft. I’m not supposed to be crafting beautiful phrases or pulling creative descriptions out of thin air; I’m supposed to be working on the very basics of plot, character and point of view. Still, it’s hard to read in my genre and not somehow compare the finished book with my current WiP.
The good news is, I’m not simply getting frustrated with my writing or giving up on reading in my genre until I’m on a later draft; I’m learning from the experience. I’m using what I love about the books I’m reading to inform the future of the book I’m writing. One of the things I’m admiring lately is the use of metaphor and simile in literary fiction. I’m so impressed by an apt comparison or a group of artfully-arranged words that gets to the heart of a character or emotion. Metaphor and simile don’t come naturally to me, and I’d like to get better at it. [Read more…]