Revisiting a classic…

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately. Everything but the novel I need to jump back into. When I feel this happening, I take a step back and give myself permission to not write. (Sometimes that’s just as important as forcing yourself to write). When I can’t write. Or I’m just not writing for whatever reason, I read. A lot.

Going back to an old favorite does a few things for me. Every time I dust off my faves, I find something that I missed in my previous  reads. I also get to pay close attention to how the plot and dialogue are shaped in a book that works. When I feel like my characters are stilted and the dialogue feels forced,  I go back to the books that taught me how to write in the first place.

And I don’t just mean books like my favorites from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. I take it further back even than that.  I go back to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a favorite of my fifth grade self.

I just bought From The Mixed Up Files… on my iPad. It’s so comforting to crawl into bed and rediscover these timeless characters that are just as I remember them.

This is what I want for my own work! I want people to hold on to it. Come back to it and re-read possibly.  How good could a book possibly be if you never want to pick it up again?

Dear readers: What are your favorite books from your childhood. Do you have a favorite young adult book that helps you fall in love with reading (and writing!) all over again?

I’d love to hear from you!

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4 Responses to Revisiting a classic…

  1. Alana says:

    My favorite book from childhood is The Giving Tree. I learned so much from that book. It taught my lessons that I’ve brought into my adult life. Also, I LOVE Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander had to be the most unhappy kid ever.

  2. aliyasking says:

    I love The Giving Tree too! But that is one sad book! That poor tree!

  3. Alana says:

    The book is really sad. He gave everything he had until he had nothing. I always go back and read it when I start to feel like the tree.

  4. Adhis says:

    I loved the Enid Blyton books. Famous Five, Secret Seven. Mallory Towers. Brit children’s lit was alladat!

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