One of the very best things in the world is a good book. Couple that with a gorgeous day and I’m in glee (not the tv show). I love sitting in my backyard, reading while my kids play.
Recently, I read Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, both by Jonathan Safran Foer. Two people who I respect both severely disliked “Extremely”. One for the protagonist, one for the writing style. I, on the other hand, read the book and loved it…for the same reason my two friends disliked it. But I’ve heard that said of Foer. Either you hate his writing or you can’t get enough of it.
I can’t get enough.
Here’s why. He is brave. He takes risks in his writing. He takes literary voice, adds in a little magical realism, and sprinkles on heartbreaking situations for his characters. Characters who are quirky and flawed and broken. Oh, how broken they are.
Foer’s novels spurred me on. Encouraged me to write with courage. To risk stepping around the normal plot structure of Christian novels. To write the kind of book that I want to write. Not the kind that I think I ought to write.
What makes you want to be better? What have you read/witnessed/lived that spurs you on to live more fully.
This isn’t just about writing, although it might be for you. This question is about life. And I’d love to hear about you.