At the moment I'm reading Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier.
That's not the bad habit.
Rebecca is a first-person narrative. An excellent example thereof. And here I am, reading it, while trying to write a first-person narrative.
Right there, that's the bad habit.
One day I will learn not to read examples of excellent prosecraft while I'm writing something comparable1. Later is okay, later means I can go back and revise. Before is even better, before means I can study and practise. But during?
No. No, that won't do at all.
- Yes, I realise this means I should read nothing while writing, since almost everything is comparable in some way, however tenuous. That is precisely why I haven't learnt this trick yet. [↩]