Every author is an avid reader. If not, they should be. I began writing because I read so fast the library couldn’t stock new books fast enough to keep up with my habit, and I certainly couldn’t afford to buy them in that quantity. I was limited to one new paperback book a payday in those days.
Now I read up to 6 Kindle downloads a week, and I feel very fortunate to be in such a position to be able to read as much as I want, whenever I want.
It is that yearning for a good tale that fires my imagination, and gets me writing a new tale. Today I am thinking about NaNoWriMo in November, and wondering what I will write.
Now I have to find the next book that lurks within my mind.
I ask myself, “What do I want to read today?” What story do I want to have told to me, what will take me to that amazing, wonderful place where my heart and mind belong to the book in my hand?
There is a seed growing in my mind…the kernel of an idea. I know it will be a tale of people striving to overcome forces greater than themselves…perhaps the fate of their world hangs in the balance.
Perhaps they are not always the most well-behaved of people, but here is a hero lurking deep within them, waiting for some catastrophe to bring out that heroic side of them. Perhaps the local slacker is about to save the world…