"I think it might be to try to read like a writer. If something moves you or something disgusts you, if you really love a part of a book or if you hate it, if you get any strong emotions as a reader, reread that part as someone who puts together words and try to figure out what it is that worked or didn’t work for you. Try to stop reading as a reader. Try to start reading as a writer with that critical eye. And then also to just read as much as you can, not just to read what’s expected of you, but to try to read outside the norm. Try to find more obscure writers: don’t just go by the syllabus."
Giller Prize Long-list author Patrick deWitt’s advice to prospective writers. Read Jinna Kim’s Q&A with deWitt on CanCulture.com