I'm one of those people who find it difficult to hate a book. Even the books I struggled to get through have some great qualities or I wouldn't have bothered to struggle. Exception to this is Dune. Apologies to Frank Herbert and fans of the novel but I just can't do it. I've tried, oh how I've tried. It nearly kills me that I've left a book unfinished.
Favorite books - now that's a different story. I have lots of favorite books and I still get tingles when I find others who love certain books as much as I do. The knowledge that someone finds a book as thrilling as I do creates an instant bond for me, a thread of commonality that we can fall back on even when we disagree on other things.
I've recently read two books, both non-fiction, and both considered guides to help writers. (FTC statement: All books listed or implied have been purchased by me - I'm too possessive to borrow.)
I call these two books, my clickers.
The first one clicked for me when I was editing a short story. This gem of a book is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. I have a couple other self-editing books on my shelf and they are great resources. This book resonated. As I read through the chapters, I would bolt straight up if I was lounging, or furiously scribble a note down if I was highlighting. I've yet to hear if my short story passes muster out in the real world but I'm certain this book helped give it a better chance.
The second book I've had sitting as a sample on my Kindle for months. I've watched recommendation after recommendation go by. Yesterday, as I was waiting for my darling girl child to settle for a nap, I downloaded the full book and opened my notepad. I was 65% of the way through before realizing I hadn't jotted one note and I wouldn't need to. This book is On Writing by Stephen King. This book isn't going to tell you how to be a better writer. There aren't bullet points to commit to memory. What happened was encouragement. Even through the very brief sections on the "rules", which King defers to Strunk & White quite a bit, the vibe I got was perseverance.
Today, I smile. And I write.
Things that distracted me on the internet:
~ Some great blogs being updated this morning and my feed reader is exploding in new posts. It's been hard getting mine done :)
~ Oh how I adore Crayola crayons and their list of colors from inception to now. For when brown as a descriptor just doesn't cut it. Personal favorite: Lapis Lazuli from the 1994 Gem Tones collection. Will figure out a way to use it.
~ Reading! When I needed a break, I created my characters in Darkspell as Sims in Sims 3: World Adventures. I was amused.
~ Almost 1100 fresh words on Darkspell. Still trying to hit 1500 a day new but finding it hard to get anywhere near NaNo pace. My family only puts up with no clean laundry for so long.