STRUGGLING TO GET IT WRITE: A WRITER’S NEED TO READ

August 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm 2 comments

I want to approach the making of a writer from a new direction, that with reading in mind.

These thoughts are the result of the ongoing question I have: Can imagination be taught? I have pondered this topic in past posts. You can be taught how to write, but can you be taught what to imagine, taught how to provide that spark which becomes a work of fiction. Some writers use prompts to get their writing juices flowing, but I feel these prompts could provide either the imagination trigger for a piece or merely a subject, depending on the individual. The crux of the effort is the individual.

The birth of this piece is the fact we are told over and over that when a writer is not writing he should be reading. As I write this I continue to perform mental gymnastics. If you must be encouraged to read can writing be in your future? For some reason, I have always had a burning desire to read which required no encouragement and feel naked when books are not present or readily available. I’ve always felt that the more vivid your imagination, the more enjoyment you derive from reading, the more vivid your imagination the more brilliant the pictures created in your mind as you read a book. Images which a video game or television show cannot compete with. In this sense, a writer can’t help but be a reader feeling incomplete without a book close by. For that book is feeding what is the life’s blood of the writer – his imagination.

 

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STRUGGLING TO GET IT PUBLISHED: INTRODUCTION SOUNDS OF SUMMER OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

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  • 1. sherriepalmer  |  August 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Maybe imagination is a muscle that gets better the more you use it? And reading helps exercise that muscle?

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