We know that authors should read, read, read in the genre they write. So, for example, if you aspire to being a children’s fiction author, you should read tons of children’s fiction. If you want to write devotions for teens, you should read lots and lots of devotions for teens.
Gathering the books you need to read might be daunting. Although most authors have huge libraries, you can get more books by becoming a frequent visitor to the library, used bookstores, and garage sales. Also, don’t overlook borrowing books from others.
It is important to take reading to the next level and beyond.
This is where we need to step up the reading challenge a bit.
Being a great writer means READING ALOUD.
When we read aloud we engage more fully with the message of the author because reading aloud forces us to use the intonation the author intended. We become joined with the author to get the message from the print word to the reader, and in this case, the listener.
Being a great children’s author means reading ALOUD to KIDS and TEENS.
As we read aloud to young readers/listeners, we see their reactions to writing styles, word choice, and ideas. We learn how to better engage with them through the words we write as well.
Where might you read aloud to a young audience on your journey to Write2Ignite?
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Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the general and Christian markets. Learn more about Carol and her tween devos: Dare U 2 Open This Book – draw it, write it, dare 2 live it – 90 devotions and Just Sayin’ – write ‘em, draw ‘em, hide ‘em in your heart at carolmcadamsmoore.com.