You know that comforting and familiar feeling you have when you’re with “your people”? They get you. You get them.
When I step into a room full of writers, I can feel it—the air sizzles with energy. Extraordinary minds ready to burst with new ideas and untold stories. Writers are burdened in a good way. They have an overwhelming need to absorb (read – we like to call this research) and share new ideas (write).
However, there have been several encounters with my fellow-word-nerds that have left me puzzled. Conversations that have gone something like this:
“What do you write?”
I say, “Speculative fiction.”
“Really? Is that like science fiction?”
“Not necessarily. I actually prefer fantasy and contemporary fiction, but they all fall under the same speculative-genre umbrella.”
“Oh. I’m a non-fiction writer. I don’t read fiction.”
What! “You never read fiction?”
At this point in the conversation confusion descends upon me like a thick fog. My brain can’t comprehend someone who doesn’t explore new worlds through fiction. Ever.
Don’t get me wrong, I read non-fiction all the time, but it’s usually for historical research, some type of self-help or fitness book, or devotionals.
I can’t for the life of me figure out how someone can live day-in and day-out and not exercise their imaginations by getting lost in a great story.
I think it’s okay to have a little childish fun. Leave this world for a few hours and explore new ones. C.S. Lewis (Author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
That day should be today.
Here is a book I’ve recently read by Lindsay A. Franklin called The Story Peddler. It is an uplifting and fantastically fun read! Take a break from the busyness of life and get lost for a while in a fantasy land.
*** I’d love to hear from you. Please, share your favorite books. What were you yesterday?