There’s something about reading that has fascinated me since before preschool. Perhaps it’s the oldest child complex in me, or my love of stories, but whatever it is, I love reading more than any other activity beside writing.
Reading is actually a very personal experience, whether we realize it or not. As a writer I know just how much of me goes into my work. If you take the time to read one of my short stories, even if you don’t notice it, you are seeing the world through my eyes for a moment. The same goes for any other book, even without paying too much attention, when you read an author’s writing you are essentially encountering them in a very personal way. I don’t think I’ve ever met an author that can not show themselves in their writing. How they interpret the world is what makes their style unique.
When we write we are basically just stimulating others imagination, using what I like to call mind control to insert whatever thoughts, emotions, or points we want to communicate to others. My brother heard I was writing this and commented to me, “A good book is like good music; it makes you laugh when the creator laughs, cry when he cries, and with just a few well placed notes, or words, he can make you feel however he wants.” (bear in mind he plays piano about 3 hours a day). He had a point though, it’s just what good writing should be. Our goal in writing is to communicate to others the emotion we feel.
For me, I tend to feel the author’s emotion and it sticks with me well if I can translate it to real life, even if it’s a book like Lord of the Rings that has very little ‘real world’ in it. I honestly don’t know what it really is, but it’s this amazing thing that makes me think, act, cry, dream, and live as one of these characters long after I read the book.
So, your turn, what makes good writing that sticks with you?