On Reading Excellent Fiction

Shana Chartier, Author of Things

I just finished reading Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, and it was absolutely fantastic. What a storyteller!

It’s so important to be an avid reader when you want to grow up to be a novelist. When I wrote Past Lives (my debut best selling novel that comes out this summer, have I mentioned it?), beyond the crippling doubt and self hatred that follows pretty much all writers at some point in their lives, I had to find a way to write the book I wanted to read. I reminded myself of this when I’d get stuck and not know where the story should go. When this happens to you, ask yourself:

Where would I as a reader want this story to lead?

Then take it there. Build off the examples of great storytellers that are succeeding at the craft. I learned a lot about how to write sass from…

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