Reading as a Writer – Part I

I started reading Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers last week. I’m critically looking at how Heinlein shows the world he has built. There’s no info dump. There isn’t a bunch of telling or overwhelming detail. Heinlein’s feeding me details he thinks is necessary.  

I also took notice of the opening of the book. It didn’t start with dialogue, or in the middle of an action scene. Instead, it began with the main character explaining his first mission. I wasn’t sure exactly where he was in time and space because it didn’t matter. I’m sixty pages in and I still don’t know what year it is or the main character’s hometown. Again, I’m on a need to know basis and have to be patient and focus on the details given.

More to come on this reading process…

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