We’ve all heard that the best way to learn about writing is to read. We’re told to scrutinize how our favorite author strings together words, creates a world, and builds tension and conflict. This is fine and dandy for books that are crafted well. What does one do with those books that are . . . sub-par? Well, I’m a firm believer in learning lessons from the good, the bad, and the ugly. I recently read a book for my book club that taught me what I DON’T want to do. I will give you the title after our group meets next week. (I’m predicting a lively discussion full of groans and palms to forehead.) But I couldn’t wait to tell you what I learned.
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