Now is a good time to reread a favorite book--looking for what you love about it.
I like these short tags that I (and Tim and Dave) can do at the top of the Naperville region page, but thought I would explain my thoughts a bit more. Feel free to ask questions or comment with your own thoughts.
There is a lot of advice about writing in general, and I like to filter it and think about the stuff that makes sense to me and ignore the stuff that doesn't. Some of my favorite advice is: write what you like to read.
So, as November approaches, I try to reread a favorite book, and am ruthless in quitting a new book if it doesn't grab me within the first chapter. I want novels that make me envious of the writer's skill with character development, where things happen at a speed that keeps me turning the page, and where I'm not quite sure how it will end, or if I'm rereading it, I can't wait to reread the ending because it leaves me with a feeling of awe.
One year I decided to have my NaNo-novel take place in 24 hours, so I read several books that did that to soak up how it was done. I often have multiple Point-of-View characters, so I will read books with lots of POV characters and while enjoying the book, I take special note of times when the author switches POV easily and try to figure out how it is done. But mainly I just read the books and enjoy them.
This year's NaNo-novel will have one POV character, I think, so I'm reading books that are told in third person limited, if I can find them. (I tend not to like first person.) I happened upon one where a character turns her home into a B&B, and I'd already set that as the occupation for my lead character. Hmm, I just finished the book and there wasn't any mention made of how the rooms got cleaned. Just an opportunity for there to be unconnected people living in the same place so they can interact. Interesting.
I also love the idea that when I sit back to read a chapter or two, I'm not goofing off, I'm preparing for NaNoWriMo.----------