Friday, June 7, 2013

Read Something!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read something this weekend. Not, like, the back of the cereal box either. ;) Really read something.

I believe that as people, we're shaped by all the other people we come in contact with. As writers, we're shaped by many, many things, but one of them is the books that we read. This doesn't mean if you read your favorite author enough, you'll sound exactly like them (which is good! The world already has their voice--let it have your own unique voice too!), but reading books that are wonderfully well written will spur on your own desire to craft stories like that. Reading books that are infused with God's love and grace so thick that you can feel it just from reading the book will make you want to make sure you're putting spiritual truth in your books.

So this lovely summer weekend (or rainy/stormy weekend, depending on where you are), that's my writing challenge for you. Find something to read.

Two of the books that have utterly inspired me in these last couple of weeks are Robin Jones Gunn's Victim of Grace (non-fiction) and Ronie Kendig's Talon. Go find a new book by an author you love (If you're stuck for who to read I can think of three authors *cough* Betsy, Bekah, and Erynn *cough* whose books you could start with... ;)  )

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. OMG! Victim of Grace was Ah-Mazing!! I didn't expect it to be like that. I was so touched and inspired. I had no idea Robin Jones Gunn had some of the struggles she had, I always thought her life wa like her books. I have it on kindle and want it in print :). I'm reading Perfect Glass by Laura Anderson Kurk right now.