Constructive Reading vs Reading for Fun

Before studying Creative Writing and starting a book review podcast, I only read books for fun. I either liked the book or not. It didn’t matter why. I thought I liked the character(s) in some books, but other that that, I probably couldn’t tell you why.

When I studied a few Creative Writing modules as part of my degree with The Open University, I had to think in more depth about what does or doesn’t work; both in the books I read and in my own writing. When I signed up for the full MA, there were all kinds of things I had to think about, I learnt that I didn’t…