When you choose a novel to read, what are you looking for? Do you prefer a thrilling survival, fated romance, or a story about questionable choices? These are all themes that are commonly used in literature. As a writer, it’s important that you learn to identify themes, even if only so that you can use them correctly in your own writing.
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Being a conscientious reader can make you a better writer. When you think about what you’re reading as you read, you absorb so much more information than when you just skim through. Your brain has a chance to turn things over and really consider what it’s storing, and you’ll begin to make stronger and more creative choices in your own writing.
As a thinking audience, you should always evaluate two elements of literature: tone and mood.
These elements help you understand the goal of the author and your reaction as the reader. You can tell the two apart by remembering this: tone is something you hear; mood is something you feel. Continue reading “Tone vs. Mood”