How do you feel about books? About reading? About your relationship with the author?
As a lifelong lover of the written word, I feel a human bond with the author, especially when her words take me from the concrete reality of my everyday life and transport me into the ineffable world of the story.
In the documentary film Stone Reader by Mark Moskowitz (and if you've ever fallen in love with an author's work, do yourself a favor and watch this wonderful film), author Frank Conroy says this about reading:
"It's like food, you know? There are some pleasures that simply never run out, and books are one of them. In every way, simply diverting yourself from life, you enter worlds that you couldn't possibly enter in any other way. You feel the pressure of another human soul on the other side of the book, and that makes you feel less alone, and less trapped in your body, and less isolated. You feel that you are the brother of the author and the two of you are working together. It's a very profound and moving experience. It's almost spiritual. When I read Dickens, the old man might just as well be sitting right next to me--that's how close he is. I feel him right there; he's with me."
What books make you feel like this?
Do you have a great idea for a novel? (Of course you do!)
Whether you've been considering writing a novel for years--and procrastinating--or have decided to go for it, but aren't sure exactly how to dive into the long swim of creating the long form, over at Beyond the Margins, author Randy Susan Meyers has provided a nuts-and-bolts set of ideas to help get you moving.
I call it a toolbox, but treasure box may be more like it. Check out other articles at Beyond the Margins, too--there's a lot to love--and let me know what you think.