I injected humor into my title! I’m so proud. But mostly because I haven’t found a comic strip for this post!
I’m looking at “Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn as a writer, and I like many of the techniques he uses to create a coherent article. He uses testimony from former students to generate discussion on the topic, and that makes the information Bunn give relate to me as a college student. It’s easy for professor or scholar talk about reading like a writer from their perspective; however, I want to hear from people like me–students who sat in a class and used the technique to great benefit.
I should get a notebook and write down every question Bunn says a reader should ask themselves as they look at a text. Or maybe just print out the article and highlight the questions. Whatever the choice, these are useful and practical questions to ask. More importantly, the questions Bunn generates reminds me of my Oral Interpretation class. We had to analyze a text by asking questions: What phrases or words confused you? How does the text sound when you read it? What emotions come out of the text that you can use when presenting it to an audience? I took from this article that reading like a reader means reading for pleasure and information. But reading like a writer requires a deeper level of thinking, a greater engagement with a text that you otherwise wouldn’t have.
Most of all, Bunn won my trust and interest when he analyzed the first paragraph of his article. I thought to myself, “Great!” His breaking down that paragraph reminded me (once again) of a professor I’m taking a class with now who walks the class through short stories, analyzing words, sentences, and paragraphs for meaning. Once I start reading like a writer, I see tool and materials the writer uses to build his or her house. Everything in the house as a purpose, whether it’s practical, aesthetic, or traditional–those are the tools used to create an effective work. Reading like a writer breaks down those parts and to see why everything fits together. It’s a great technique that I will pay more attention to.