As a reader, a book will always be my joy. A friend. A place to learn. A journey out. A testing ground.
As a writer, a book will forever be my teacher. I want to remember the rhythm of the books I love. I want to carry with me the steady unfolding of a character and her world. I want to better my own efforts by reading what already exists. I want to revel in the beauty, the style, the impact certain books have had on me.
I keep a folder of photo-copied pages from various reads. Sometimes it’s a chapter, sometimes one single page. I use it as a way to learn and remember. Here’s the story with a breezy tone that made hard topics and everyday life conversational. Here’s the one that kept me glued to the page. I copy high points and turning points. Scenes with lots of action and moments that show a quick passage of time. I hold onto lines with interesting descriptions, pages that feel like the heart of a story, and others that are simply a sample of a book I don’t want to forget.
What lessons have you taken from the books you’ve read?