Not long ago, my brother-in-law and I had a conversation about John Steinbeck's East of Eden. I mentioned to Charlie that it was my favorite Steinbeck novel, as opposed to the beloved Grapes of Wrath. A few weeks later, Charlie text me some questions regarding the book, and I honestly couldn't remember the answers.
So, I picked up East of Eden at the local library, and I read it again.
Steinbeck has a way with words.
He is a writer.
I think Mr. King is on to something here. I try to write. A lot. I attempt to keep this blog updated week to week. However, I struggle with finding something to write about. I struggle with keeping topics varied.
But then I read East of Eden. I read through some of Hemingway's work or Dostoyevsky's classic tales. I take a moment to enjoy Cormac McCarthy's verbosity. And something happens: I begin to have more ideas to write about. Suddenly, I feel more inspiration to keep going.
Listen, I am in no way attempting to be one of these literary greats. I am merely suggesting that these writers inspire me to keep going. Their skills in storytelling enable me to keep trying, time after time.
As Mr. King states, in order to be a writer, we not only have to write a lot, but we need to read a lot. Read everything you can. Read the greats. Read new authors. Read your friends' work.
Read a lot.
There is something about reading that helps with writing. The more I read, the more I want to write.
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