In my pursuit of the craft of writing, it’s easy to forget that it’s crucial to continue with reading. I’ve always been a reader but when trying to complete a manuscript, reading can fall by the edge of the road.
Books are critical to my improvement as a writer. I want to be humbled, brought to my knees by the turn of a delicious phrase or a paragraph that I want to re-read or memorialize in a notebook. Some days, I have serious author envy. The writing world is filled with brilliance.
Whether it’s memoir, autobiographies, non-fiction and fiction, all these words and ideas, are all components of the luscious stew that I’m creating in my brain.
In order to keep myself motivated and learning, I try to read outside of my genre and I try to read everything I can get my hands on that fits my mood.
Lately, this is what I’ve consumed:
- Lucky Man – Michael J. Fox
- The Lost Garden – Helen Humphreys
- The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
- The Dance of the Dissident Daughter – Sue Monk Kidd
And I’m smiling because I just picked up from the library – Paris for One & other stories by Jojo Moyes.
I take great joy in making my book characters readers. You betcha! In my last novel ‘Finding Hayden’ my main character Lily adores romance. For her, they are a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. They provide her with an emotionally satisfying story.
Literacy can be the key! Are you reading anything lately that has amazed you? Please take the opportunity to share.