Waggish Writer Week 5 Reflections
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It is hard to believe that it is my 5th week of putting content on Waggish Writer. I would say this has definitely been showing me the time and dedication authors that I look up to such as J.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Brian Jacques show not only to their works but to their readers.
This week, something that I had forgotten about being a writer is that a writer always starts off as a reader. A reader is the person who has the power to venture into the imagination of the author or pass by the adventure. It is the power of the author's words and imagination that draws the readers back again and again, whether it is to the same tale or the next chapter of the adventure.
I rediscovered my joy of reading when I picked up "The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman." This book is by Brian Jacques, the same author who wrote the "Redwall" series I am very fond of despite it being catered to a younger audience. I would say "The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman" also caters to the younger audience, but it is done in a way that adults can join in the excitement. The excitement I experienced with the book lead me to read the sequel, "The Angel's Command."
I want to reach the caliber of the writers I admire to draw readers in my stories, hungrily diving after the next adventure as soon as it is off the press. I can only reach that caliber by remembering that I am a reader as well. Besides those two books, I also read "J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth: A Biography." It is a bit drier than the other books I was reading, but Tolkien said something that sparked my reflection post:
"Books are besieged by a great many embattled enemies...but from them comes the food of the mind. It is not good for the stomach to be without food for a long period, and it is very much worse to the mind" (Grotta-Kurska 121).
Therefore, I will also work on including reading into my days besides writing. That's how the great writers have their beginnings: reading books that inspire them to try their hand.
This is Waggish Writer signing off of this post. Stay tune for next week's reflections!
Grotta-Kurska, D. (1976). J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of middle earth: A biography. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press.
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