Throughout my life, the love of reading has taken me day to day. When I was young it was Dr. Seuss, in elementary, it was Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz”, and in High School it was “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Their books had a special place in my life because they taught me the joy the reading, and consequently the power of writing.
The other day in class I was trying to help a fellow student with her writing, and the best advise I could think to give her was: the best writers read. And if you’re having trouble reading, the best thing you can do is to find your starter book. From the Cat in the Hat, to Wiesel describing what he believed his end, being crushed under the bodies of his entire culture on a train ride to Hell. I think everyone has one story that speaks to them, and keeps them reading even after the story is over–that’s your starter book.
And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a book. I love the graphic novel “The Invisibles” to name just one of many, there are a myriad of zines, magazines, newspapers, and blogs–whatever gets you reading. We have the privilege of living in a world that allows us to communicate our every whim and fancy to anyone with an internet connection. So if you’re in a slump, having trouble finding something to write about, find your starter book, and seek what inspires you.