How to Talk to a Reader

If you want to hang out with literary people, you’ll want to speak their language. Knowing how to talk to other readers is a beautiful way to build on one’s relationships, to form communities, and to contribute to the thinkers of the world.

Readers are rarely boring because they are curious and driven to grow. Even in the escapist books, a reader will gain creativity, wonder, learn mythological culture, and build vocabulary, which in turn promotes effective communication. Readers build insight and wisdom through  swift and universal pathways not always accessible in their personal lives.  Readers make the time to pursue knowledge far beyond social media or casual chatter. They go much deeper than a news clip. And this is why you may want to join them. Readers know stuff. Here are some great ways to engage!

Basics of Literary Talk

Make a prediction. If it is a story you’re discussing, predict the ending, or predict a necessary choice of a character. If this content is nonfiction, or more informative, speculate about the potential reasoning of their claims.
Share connections about anything this content brings up for you –  your own real life experiences, or of people you know, other books, movies, or news events related to this theme.
Clarify, or ask questions about anything you found confusing or curious – things that are addressed within the book that you missed. Also, ask about the author and the publisher!

Next Level

Judge. In fact, make a ton of judgments! This is next level stuff because sharing opinions and reasoning, be it emotional, logical, or through expertise, makes us vulnerable, exposing parts of our true nature. But also, it’s more fun!
I hate that character!  Or I would never have done that!  Or this kid seems like me!  …any judgment at all. Usually these statements are around character and their actions or the ethics involved.
Also, regarding judgments, it is fine to discuss why you liked or disliked the actual writing!

Impressive Efforts

Make Inferences. Decide what is true based on what the narrator (or dialogue) implies but is not directly stating. Reading between the lines is big points in a reader chat!

Extend Your Knowledge – do research if the content prompts further study. My most common searches are for maps of the setting, or unexplained jargon, or vocabulary words that look familiar but are still unclear. Other research might involve legal questions, history, politics, author background, or cultural values.

These reader discussions can form a sphere of colorful energy!  Talking lit allows your own mental expansion, suggests that you are a part of something meaningful, that you are an active participant in the world.

Readers become less self-involved. Life is vibrant for readers. Grab a book and come sit!






Leave a Reply

Back To Top
%d bloggers like this: