What exactly is reading? As a teacher and librarian, I can tell you the ability to read the printed word is a skill akin to magic. As far as I have been able to discover, NO ONE knows how this magic happens.
It was always my desire to make readers of students. Some just needed the right piece of print material, such as a magazine on racing cars for boys. Some found the way through good illustrated books. Others wanted to be read the same story over and over again until they finally got the connection between the words and the sounds. There are many paths to this magic but acquiring the skill is something that brings information and pleasure for a lifetime.
For me, reading is a solace, a comfort, an entry into the minds of people I will never meet and places I may never see. It is a time for my own thoughts to be submerged and my learning brain to be activated. It is possible that the tens of thousands of books I have read in my lifetime have made my novel writing such an easy chore. I have never intended to copy anyone’s work but who can say where ideas come from. The main thing for me is that as long as the ideas flow, I will be able to immerse myself in the creative act that thrills me every time I start or finish another book.
In this age of brilliant movies and television series derived from a beloved author’s series, it is an added pleasure to watch while the written words are made visible on screen.
Currently, I am awaiting season 2 of Outlander, which starts again very soon. I know I will be driven back to the books as I often am. Does this happen to you? My only problem is that some of these books are huge in size and my hands get weary of supporting their weight. I guess it’s well worth it or I would not be devoting time to this pursuit.