Reading & Writing

Becoming a better reader?

I’ve stated multiple times on this blog that I often feel as though literature is too smart for me.  Things that others just get seem to go over my head.  I’ve struggled with this for a really long time – there’s nothing worse than knowing that an author is trideaying to tell me something and I am too dense to break through it!  This week’s Books on the Nightstand Podcast left me with a light bulb moment: Ann stated that she felt she became a better reader by taking writing classes.

If I would have actually taken creative writing classes in school, it seems as though I would have learned so much more about sentence structure, plot progression, character creation… all of which would help me understand a writer’s intention.

I turned to Professor Google.  Where would I be able to get the education that I missed for free or for only the cost of a few books?  In my initial search, I stumbled across 10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online.  Isn’t OpenCourseWare wonderful?  I will probably survey these selections and see where I can just dive in!

Do any of you have any advice for me?  Books to look into?  Blogs to follow?  Social media accounts to stalk?  I’d love to be showered with ideas and resources!!

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Becoming a better reader?

  1. Open Courses are amazing. I’ve “taken” a few art history courses because (as silly as it sounds) I have a hard time understanding or appreciating visual arts. It was very insightful! I’ve bookmarked this page because I’m thinking I’ll be looking into a few of these courses. If you end up getting involved in one of these courses, I’ll be interested to know how your experience was!

    Like

    1. Jackie, that doesn’t sound silly at all! I know exactly what you mean. I would love to take an art history course because I wish I had the skills to analyze a piece of art and understand the artist. Sadly, I do not. I feel the same with reading – I always feel like I’m missing something!

      Like

  2. Open Courses are amazing. I’ve “taken” a few art history courses because (as silly as it sounds) I have a hard time understanding or appreciating visual arts. It was very insightful! I’ve bookmarked this page because I’m thinking I’ll be looking into a few of these courses. If you end up getting involved in one of these courses, I’ll be interested to know how your experience was!

    Like

    1. Jackie, that doesn’t sound silly at all! I know exactly what you mean. I would love to take an art history course because I wish I had the skills to analyze a piece of art and understand the artist. Sadly, I do not. I feel the same with reading – I always feel like I’m missing something!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s