The best thing about reading something really good is that it inspires you to write something equally good.
Well, maybe not “you” but the figurative “you”.
Just like when I was a kid and I’d watch The Lone Ranger or Zorro and feel absolutely compelled to go out and try that jump onto the horse’s back my very own self, I’ve always felt a strong pull whenever I’ve really been able to lose myself in someone else’s creative exploits.
Art, music, writing, action… it’s never really mattered. It’s as if the artist has somehow put so much of their soul into it that my own innards resonate with a kindred spirit.
Okay, YOU find a better explanation for why I jumped off the deck knowing full well that saddle was going to crush my nuts.
So, reading good things makes me want to write good things. Reading though, is fairly easy. I can lay in bed, falling asleep, and read. I can feed the baby, and read. I can sit on the toilet, the only completely alone spot in the house, and get a chapter out, it’s fantastic.
Writing though… uffda. Finding the time isn’t a nightmare, I can take time just about any time. Finding the quiet though, the ability to use both my hands, the ability to string 2, sometimes 3, coherent thoughts together in the form of anything resembling a story…
Well, that’s a different kettle of worms altogether.
Yes. Yes, I am completely aware that I just spent precious writing time writing about not being able to write. This kind of thing isn’t difficult though, even though there’s a wiggly somebody on my lap insisting that her shoving her thumb in my eye is tickling.
“It’s ticklish, Daddy, now hold still!”