Read widely to become a better writer.

That advice has never been a problem for me. I’m reading all the time. It’s when I’m focused on writing where reading becomes even more important.  I’ve written stories in a first person and third person POV. More often than not I’ll be stuck on revisions, trying to make the page come to life. I discovered my own cure and it works. Read books in the same POV. I’ll sit back and read a chapter from one of these gifted writers and I immediately return to my own writing and find it flows much better.

Here’s my list of MG titles that motivate me. Even if you don’t write for this age group, read a few pages and be inspired.


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About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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5 Responses to READING for WRITING

  1. Janet Smart says:

    I love first person. I find I write a lot of my stories in that POV. I do the same, I’ll pick up one of my favorite books and read a little and then return to my writing.

  2. Annie McMahon says:

    Good advice! Bridge to Terabithia is one of my favorites.

  3. Good advice and good list. I’ve read most of these, but there are some new ones to add to my TBR list. Thanks for the post.

  4. Love Jack Gantos’ books, as well as many other books you listed. I agree that we need to read books that inspire our own writing.

  5. Shelley Sly says:

    Reading a good contemporary middle grade book always seems to help me when I’m stuck with my own writing. I tend to write first person POV, but it helps to read third person, too.

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