We all get them right? When you read that amazing book or finally finish that series that speaks to you in such a powerful way that sometimes you can’t even find words to talk about it. You must finish it, but when it’s over you feel empty inside. You try to pick up another book but its characters don’t speak to you yet, and you put it down again. Then, daydreaming about the just finished, wonderful book, you realize that you may never find this hauntingly beautiful feeling ever again. You panic and pick up a book and devour it as fast as you can. When that book is over you discover, with a sigh of relief, that you actually can enjoy other books again. But the in the in-between time is the killer. Or at least it used to be for me. I find though, that if I really put my mind to it, a lot of my inspiration in life comes in that limbo period. I get something different, a tidbit of wisdom from every book. Sometimes it’s simple and other times it’s more complex.
For example, when I read Inkheart, one of my takeaways was that I needed to read more classics. Her quotes at the start of every chapter made me excited when I recognized it, and desirous to read the book if I hadn’t. I also learned that reading aloud can be dangerous. Haha just kidding. It’s utterly magical.
When I re-read any Harry Potter book, it makes me excited to share adventure and the passion to learn and read with my kids when they get a little older! Also that I want a wand. Badly.
So my latest read is speaking to me about writing. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, is an amazing book!
It’s quite easily the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Erin's use of third person present tense while writing is spellbinding. Yes, I know it’s used so frequently of late that it has become a little cliché but it is actually difficult to write a story that is set in a time period in the past, and make you feel like it is still happening all around you, therefore making you extremely invested in what is coming in the next sentence, paragraph, and page.
No, my takeaway from this magical book is not that I am going to follow the group mentality and start writing in the same way. (Not that doing this is a bad thing, if it works for you and what you’re writing then you go for it!) Not my style. (And that’s okay too.) My thoughts today come from the end of the book when a couple of the characters are having a conversation on the importance of storytelling.
All authors are storytellers and we want our story to have impact upon our readers. We want others to love our book so much that they quite literally have a literary hangover when the last page is turned. Definitely difficult to do, which is why not every book out there is a national bestseller. Books that do accomplish this status often leave us with a feeling that there must be more to life than the mundane and make us wish we could be a part of a grand adventure. Which is why we escape into books, right?
How am I going to evoke such emotion in others, and make them want to lose themselves in the pages of my novel if I don’t keep working? My ideas are worth sharing, because they speak to me in a way that these books do, I just have to figure out a way to make them speak to you too!
Even if all of us get something different out of it, if we’re all affected in some way, then Mission: Accomplished! So great how we can learn life lessons from books! Even if we never run away to join the circus to learn ours! Although you should definitely run away to The Night Circus for a couple of days! You won’t regret it!