A lot of the posts on this blog are about the books I’ve read and what I’m learning from them. But it would be true to say that I don’t do this in any systematic way, other than thinking about it and making some vague notes on this blog.
Then I read a post on the Querytracker.net blog on learning from the masters. The idea is that you fold up the pages where a passage strikes you as being particularly effective. Simple, no? Except I’ve always believed that writing on books is sacrilege, and while I’ll fold down a little corner to mark my place and break a spine to read it more easily, the idea of folding over half a page seems less like turning a small corner and more like scibbling notes. Of course, when I write it out like this it sounds like the nonsense it is. So, folding up the pages is on.
The next steps are to transfer the passages that you marked into a dedicated notebook, then analyse them and look for patterns. So that’s what I’ll be doing. I’ve got a couple of books marked up already and just waiting for transfer into a notebook. What do you think?