09 Mar First A Reader, Then A Writer
One of the many things I love about reading is the feeling of complete immersion. So, what frustrates me is when I can’t seem to connect with a book. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does seem like it has been happening more frequently.
Not that I’ve read a billion books, but I have been reading constantly for most of my life. Due to this, I feel I have a good amount of book knowledge and awareness of what interests me. In addition, my patience isn’t what it used to be and even though I’ve always been a DNF-er, I’m continuing to do so at earlier parts in the story (or so it seems).
Book knowledge/expectations combined with lower levels of patience brings me to the quote:
There are SO many books (and my TBR list is is long) I do want to read, so I don’t mean to sound contradictory. What I’m trying to say is that along with the many books I do want to read, I know there are stories in my head that I’ve yet to see on the shelf.
I think writing is a natural progression of a life spent reading. The two go hand-in-hand and usually compliment each other.
As readers, we easily pick up on writing styles that work and on those that don’t. We know and love when something feels authentic, which is why we continue to seek out book after book. It’s an addiction of the best type.
So, when is it time to put our own pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard?
I ask myself time and again this very question. I have started a side non-fiction project and of course I write on this blog, but my heart belongs to the many worlds of fiction.
This quote by Virginia Woolf about writing is another that is never far from my thoughts.
I think I’ve got a head full of flowing words, they just need a bit of order and discipline. Life experience gives perspective, which paves the way for stories to take shape and move on their own. We, the constant readers, are their vehicles.
Just a few thoughts today about writing and reading that I felt like sharing. Do you have a desire to write? I’d love to hear your thoughts.