Mike Bunn wrote an essay of “How to Read Like a Writer” in his textbook Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. This essay starts on page 71 and is 17 pages long. In this essay, he describes how to read through the lens of the writer. He gives us some questions at the beginning of this essay to think about through the essay. He then proceeds to ask these questions again at the end, to drive these ideas home. These questions are meant to open our eyes to better understand the points he will make in the essay. So what exactly does he want us to do when reading like a writer, what does that mean?
He says the first thing we should do is read “one word at a time—[exactly] the same way that the author had written the text.” The author writes one word at a time, so that is what we should do to read it, not reading the header and skimming through it. How else can we read like a writer? Well, according to Bunn’s student Mike, “A lot of the way I read, of course, depends on the type of text I’m reading.” What Mike means by this is that you can’t read a history book expecting to hear about how aliens took over the planet in 1925. We have to read with the mindset of whatever the text requires. For example, this blog post, you should be reading to help better understand the essay of How to Read Like a Writer. This concept is very helpful for every type of reading. It can help you better understand college text, or make fiction or reading on your own time more enjoyable, maybe catching simple textual choices you may have skipped over previously.