I am a voracious reader. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I might have a tiny little obsession…ok, maybe not so tiny. ;-)
I Love To Read!
There was this used book store next to where I used to work. Talk about a dream place for someone like me. All those books!
I went at least every other day--mostly every day--and buy a book, read it overnight and be back to trade it in for a discount on another one…or two…or three…
Hey! I Love To Read!
Anyway, the owner used to watch me peruse the shelves and we’d chit chat about books and such. Until one day, he asked me how many books I’d read. To this, I actually had an number. At the time it was about 500. He chuckled and asked why I didn’t write one myself…
Write my own novel?!
I laughed and told him I didn’t know the first thing about writing a…a book!
To which he replied, “Sandy, you’re practically and expert.”
I rolled my eyes and he ignored me in favor of continuing. “Would you say you have a good imagination?” he asked.
“Um…yeah?” (When you finish reading this go here to see just how I got such a vivid imagination.)
He smiled. “And do you know what you like about each book you read? What you don’t like?”
“So why don’t you write one with all the things you like and none of the things you don’t?”
That night, I wrote a scene…It grew into five pages and drew me in. That night, a writer found her voice.
I had a lot to learn and still do. And one day, I might even finish that story. But, it was the beginning of a new obsession.
I LOVE TO WRITE!
~ Sandra Barkevich