Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Currently reading...

One of the pleasures of my job is having long summer holidays. This not only allows me time to write but just as importantly gives me a chance to work my way through the great pile of books beside my bed.

I've just started reading this book and I'm already a bit in love with it. I won't say any more at this stage, other than quoting this long and beautiful paragraph from the third page. If this is a typical sample of the writing then I'm in for a treat…

"Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by torchlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. They could take root in the imagination and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read… They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life."

I'll be reading this again for inspiration the next time I'm sitting at the keyboard, struggling to write a particular paragraph or page or chapter!

7 comments:

ellie said...

that's so cool you are reading this. I'm sure it'll inspire you ..even more.

Jen Daiker said...

I just found your blog! What a treat as well. So far the book looks to have a whole lot of promise so I do hope you'll share how you felt at the end!!! I'd love to know if it's like that throughout!!!

Now that I'm blog stalking you it's best if I am tweet stalking you as well. It's best that way ;)

D.L. said...

Great quote... and so true!

NarmI said...
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Tom said...

This book is really inspirational ;) Your blog is really nice. ;)

Have a pretty day
Tom
(czech fashion blogger)

JJ said...

Debbie: Have you published any books yet? I am one of your followers, and the reason I ask is that I am developing a free bookstore for indie authors to list their books. You can check it out through my site. Also, I am an author and college writing instructor. If I can help advance your career in any way, just let me know. Cheers. JJ

Shaylen Maxwell said...

I loved The Book of Lost Things!!! XD PS I'm a new follower & def sticking around.

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