|The one that started it all.|
I discovered a fascinating Wonderland of twisty puzzles.
An entire world of strange and exciting puzzles materialized before my eyes. Just months earlier, I thought I had finally joined an exclusive brotherhood having solved the Rubik's Cube.
How could so many other puzzles exist beyond the Rubik's Cube? Had they always been there? Was I blind?
If it weren't for the original Rubik's Cube, would I ever have been introduced to the other puzzles I have come to love?
And then it hit me.
How different would my life be if I weren't a writer?
Much like my discovery with the Rubik's Cube, I discovered something when I became a writer. Had I not pursued a writer's life, I might have missed out reading the following books.
I have always had a love for short stories, but I was not very well read in my younger years. Sure, I read Poe and Hemingway, but I devoured King's short story collections after I became overwhelmed by his unabridged novels.
Once I reinvigorated my writing life, I found a secret river of writing knowledge that had been rushing in my own backyard the whole time. I wanted to write short stories and I had to learn from the best. And that's when I found Flannery O'Conner.
She demonstrated such skill in such a short amount of time, I found I had to read everything I could get my hands on. So I read Wise Blood. I really enjoyed it because it was so quirky. It almost read like a collection of short stories.
Had I not become a writer, I would not have been compelled to read anything but her short stories.
SOME OF YOUR BLOOD by Theodore Sturgeon
This isn't the first time I have discussed this fantastic novel. In my earlier post, It's the Journey, Not the Destination, I talk about why it was such a joy to read.
But this book also taught me a great deal about breaking the rules of writing. I could have easily become frustrated early on and tossed the book aside had I not appreciated it for what it was.
You hear stories about garage sale Picasso's. Well, had I not become a writer, I may have discarded this book and been none the wiser.
MONEY: A SUICIDE NOTE by Martin Amis
When I read this novel, I did not know much about the writing craft. To be honest, I did not enjoy it too much. I laughed in a few parts and the protagonist was interesting, but certainly not likeable to me.
Then again, I didn't really know the difference between a character-driven and a plot-driven story. All I knew was this book was mildly entertaining, the characters were unpleasant, and I felt like the story was rather pointless.
Had I not wanted to learn from the "greatest" novels, I may not have ever read this book. But this novel was another rule-breaker in many ways.
BOOKS ON WRITING CRAFT
Finally, I doubt I would have read so many books on the craft of writing. There are far too many to mention.
Although, I certainly would have still read the greatly cited ON WRITING, by Stephen King. I read anything by King. I would have lined shelves with boxes of cereal if the box panel copy had been written by him.
What about you? How do you think your life would be different if you weren't a writer?