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  1. It makes sense. After all, artists often learn from copying the greats. I caught the same session. My question is this: how do you focus the copying to get the most from it? I think it's easy to copy without paying much attention and therefore not really benefit from it. I'm currently brainstorming questions to ask myself after doing some copywork to boost reflection. Some questions I came up with are:

    • What is it about this passage that appeals to you? (Is it the turn of phrase, the emotions it evokes, the way it pulls you into the action, the theme, etc.?) Why does it appeal to you?
    • Deconstruct the thing you liked. What do you notice about the style, pacing, vocabulary, etc.? 
    • How can you use a similar method in your writing? Write (or rewrite) a scene in your current work using the method you like.

    What other questions should I ask myself after copywork?


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  2. On 4/28/2019 at 11:24 AM, Nicola said:

    There are places like Learning Ally and Libivox who supply books free, so one does not need a monthly subscription to Audible to listen!

    Also, many libraries subscribe to an online audio book service, so all you need to listen to audio books for free is a library card and a smart phone or mp3 player. I can't really afford an Audible subscription, but I've found a lot of books to love through my library's audio book service, and although they have fewer books available than Audible, this has actually encouraged me to expand my reading range beyond my usual genres and authors.


    So ask your local superhero (librarian) what your library has available if you want to listen to more audiobooks.

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  3. Generally, I listen to music that fits the theme of what I'm writing. For example, if I'm writing something more fantastical, I'll listen to fantasy soundtracks. If I'm writing a romantic scene, I'll listen to Michael Buble or something similar. If my character is on a camping trip, I listen to folk music or country. The music's gotta fit the mood of the scene or else be something I can easily tune out. 

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