Be the Book #IWSG
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here
You are what you eat.
Or maybe it’s you become what you think.
Either thought makes me nervous. I eat some strange things and my thoughts drift in very odd directions.
My dad raised me to believe we could become stronger and more competent with big tasks (like sports) if we listened to motivating messages while we slept. I did it. I don’t know if I became a better athlete, but the voice sure calmed me enough to sleep and I could picture myself on the green tennis court with my Boris Becker Racket gripped in my hands just right. He was my favorite tennis player back in the day.
Is reading equally powerful? For me, yes. I’m a visual learner. I’m a graphic designer. I picture something so full of color and detail in my mind it has to be real. I can draw it. I can write it. And the question brings me to this month’s IWSG question: “Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?”
Plutarch made me think. Our minds are a fire to be kindled. We dream to have a fire. We use a method to build the flames, the heat. Once we taste it with our eyes, we feed it with wood, watching the tips of the fire dance. Writing is my fire. So I fuel it with books in my genre so I can keep up with the world I hope to compete in someday. My mind is influenced so easily by voice and word choice. If I drift to another genre, I’m afraid my voice will drift too. So rarely do I read other genres. I simply have no time left. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
Happy IWSG day. Keep that fire alive and fill it with the fuel that burns within you.