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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 20

Build Your Expertise

By now you have learned how to build a reading list and choose books that will help you improve your writing. You have also discovered how to read like a writer and flip the switch to revolutionary mode so you can engage with a book on a deeper level. But what do you do after you finish reading? This chapter shows you how to respond to what you read, so that you can build your expertise not only as a reader of literature but as a writer in your niche.

Why You Should Respond to What You Read

Responding to what you read in writing accomplishes several things. First, you will remember the books in greater detail. When you run into trouble with some aspect of craft, literary examples of those techniques in action can ...

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