I’ve long tried to pin down the exact reasons why reading is so vitally important to writers. There is so much more to the relationship than simply trying to imitate favorite writers. The blog posts above do a good job of describing the process of thoroughly analyzing and responding to reading. For me, it is a never-ending process, especially while blogging. I’ll come across a wonderful blog post, discover other great blog posts as a result, and then proceed to write about them both. Then it starts all over again.
Why, then, can’t I seem to do this outside of blogging? I have plenty of inspiration. Despite appearances, I am pretty picky about what I read. I know what inspires me; I know what I want out of a book. As a result, just about everything I read has at least some value as future writing material. Why don’t I translate this into longer pieces that are truly in-depth? At the moment, I’m not sure. I think I need to reassess exactly what I want to do and where I want to go with my writing.
Below is one of my favorite writing quotes. It is from the old Roseanne sitcom, believe it or not. The words appear in the very last scene of the series. I can’t think of anything more inspiring.
“Those who dream by night,
in the dusty recesses of their minds
wake in the day to find that all was vanity;
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act their dream with open eyes,
and make it possible.”
(Lawrence of Arabia)