163: Reading Matters – Interview with Nancy Pearl

Hey there word nerds!

Today I am so delighted to have Nancy Pearl on the show!

Nancy is a book world legend. From her more than three decades of experience as a librarian and a bookseller, to her worldwide speaking engagements on the importance of reading she has become the go-to person for all things literary.

Now with the publication of her debut novel, George and Lizzie, Nancy throws her own words onto the fiction bookshelf.

Listen in as we discuss how being a good reader makes you a good writer, and the sensation of moving from the person who recommends books to being the author of a book that is recommended.

In this episode Nancy and I discuss:

  • How to nudge yourself to read outside your comfort zone, and why doing so can help your writing.
  • The difference between reading for pleasure and reading with purpose and how to shift gears between the two.
  • How to do know when to quit on a book, and why it aids you when you do.
  • Letting your characters tell their story and drive your novel to the correct conclusion.
  • The difference between ideas in your head and what actually gets written on the page, and why this distinction is so important.

Plus Nancy’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/163 

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