Not that long ago we talked about how certain books about the craft of writing make us want to write. Right now I am reading a novel that is making we want to write. These moments of inspiration are not only fuel for future dull moments, but reminders of the elements of writing that when combined, is the reason I am a writer.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is a wonderful story all on its own, but what touches me as a writer is its homage to the story, writing, language, and words.
Last night I read a passage and wanted to share it with you. Maybe it’ll have a similar affect on you, and maybe not:
The sound of the turning page carved them in half.
Liesel read on.
For at least twenty minutes, she handed out the story. The youngest kids were soothed by her voice, and everyone else saw visions of the whistler running from the crime scene. Liesel did not. The book thief saw only the mechanics of the words – their bodies stranded on the paper, beaten down for her to walk on.
I love it when I read a novel that makes me want to write.
How about you: What novels or writers inspire you to write?