The best way to learn great writing, or one of the best ways I should qualify that with, is to READ great writing. Here are a few books that helped me in certain areas:
Characterization: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Description/Setting: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Kite Runner
Story: Havah–The Story of Eve
Romance: Jane Eyre
Symbolism: Lord of the Flies, A Wrinkle in Time
Voice: Memoirs of a Geisha
Now, that’s just a few off the top of my bleary-eyed head. What novels have you read that helped you hone a skill you were needing help with? Please share!
Gina Holmes is the founder of Inspire a Fire and Novel Rocket. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW Religion bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain, released in 2011. She holds degrees in science and nursing and resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit: www.ginaholmes.com.