In her post, Rita mentioned that dancers are sure to study the style and movements of their peers, just as artists eye the creations of their competition. Reading allows us to not only absorb a good story, but learn which pitfalls to avoid. I'm pretty sure if you read page after page of needless tags, that problem is going to stick in your head and remind you to avoid repeating the same error in your writing. The same with the use of repetitive words in the same paragraph that show a lack of imagination or indicate a lazy writer.
The one thing I often hear from my peers, "I don't have time to read," is a farce. There is always time to read, whether it be while sitting in the doctor's reception area, waiting for a bus, standing in a long grocery line or just taking a break from writing. How about in the bathroom? One should always have a book or e-reader in hand because you never know what you will learn, and it sure helps to pass the time in a constructive way.
Thanks to my pal, Rita for always being a source of great information, and to her credit, I happily share the cover and blurb of one of her finest works...in my opinion. If there are problems in this book, I was so engrossed in the story, I didn't even notice. This is a mixture of history, futuristic, and is a real thriller to boot.
White Berry on the Red Willow
As predicted in the Ghost Dance Vision, life has come full circle in 2054. The Blackfeet now control Yellowstone National Park, where the buffalo have multiplied, as have the people themselves.
Outside the Indian lands thousands are dying of Quake Fever every day. Doctor Alcina Hancock struggles to find a cure before her mother dies. Thrust into the world of the Indians, she not only discovers what it will take to save her people, but also herself.
Ekuskini, son of the Blackfeet chief, revels in the demise of the non-Indian. Then he meets Alcina and finds himself searching the old ones for the answers. Together Alcina and Ekuskini realize they must learn from the past and use it to make things better for the future of all people.
You can find your copy on Amazon.