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Do you skim?

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elle33
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Re: Do you skim?

Postby elle33 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:52 pm

The responses you all gave were for the most part where I thought they'd be. I thought his comparison was a little off the mark as well, which is why I couldn't concentrate the rest of the session.

I read all three of the Fifty Shades books. The only reason I read them was because I bought them and hate to feel wasteful. Stupid reason, I know... I will admit, I did skim some of those. Curiosity was another reason I read them, I needed to know what all the hype was about. I still haven't figured that part out.

I guess if I'm being truthful, I do skim if it's written poorly. I like to know all of the story, just to know if the plot was good or not.

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Re: Do you skim?

Postby EricaM » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:32 pm

I sometimes find myself skimming, usually without realizing it. Generally it's when it feels like the author has started "droning" (or, on occasion, explicit scenes-I find them uncomfortable and they tend to break the tension of the plot for me). It's not necessarily a bad thing, because if I do get absorbed into a book and read every word, that's when I am utterly oblivious to everything around me, which leads to people telling me things I never remember!

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Re: Do you skim?

Postby sherry_soule » Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:19 pm

I usually don't skim a book...unless there is a long info-dump of backstory or narration. I always advise my clients when I edit their manuscripts to think "lots of white space" while writing. Dialogue and action move a story forward.

But in truth, I've only done that in a handful of books. If the writing is captivating enough, then I like to absorb every word.

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