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Hi Sylvia,

Learning from published novels is a great idea - it's what I do, too.

I find it helps if you concentrate on just one specific area when you re-read - characterization, say. How was the character first introduced? How were they developed? How specifically were they described physically, and how much did the author leave to your imagination?

Unless you really zero-in on some small, specific thing you want to learn about, I find it's really easy to get carried away by the storytelling and to forget you're meant to be studying the novel for technique!

Best of luck with the writing, Harvey (http://www.novel-writing-help.com/)

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