WHAT IF…We Could Not Read?
Do you remember the times—sitting with one or both of your parents—as they read a story to you? Within my writing (and reading) group of friends, we’ve asked ourselves that question. Most remember turning the pages of their first Little Golden Books as someone’s voice “read the pictures.” A few recall pointing to an illustration on the page and then the word that matched it. Then, there’s me. I saved several of my early reading books—Little Golden Books: Three Little Kittens, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Tootle—and the children’s version of the Lassie and Tarzan series. Yet I don’t have any recollection of any reading to me. Both my parents were avid readers, but their books were their books and we rarely discussed them. Then someone gave me a copy of Annie Oakley, Sharpshooter! Yes, that was a Little Golden Book, too. I was reading on my own by then, and my imagination took flight! AND THAT IS WHAT WRITING—FOR READERS—IS ALL ABOUT! It never gets old to imagine the moment when someone reads what you’ve written and grasps the meaning.
History tells us that humans are compelled to communicate—to tell their stories whether fact or fiction—thus the creation of writing (written languages) somewhere around 3200 BC. Just as the people of that ancient civilization found value in being able to share their thoughts, so it is that today, we find not only value but joy. Frederick Douglass, one of the most well-known African-American writers, statesmen and orators, said: “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” This also applies to the writer, who—once our skills are honed—enjoys a unique freedom with the completion of the last page of every manuscript! And, as Dr. Seuss says, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!”
Recent statistics tell us that over 120,000 books are published each year in the United States. Of those books, 53% of Readers seek out Fiction—and 43% select Non-Fiction. Does your genre of writing fit in one of these categories? Of course! So be encouraged! We are possibly the most blessed writing generation of all, because the majority of people on this planet are Readers.
DID you know that the whole month of March is National Reading Month? What are you doing to support this cause? An increased population of Readers will be an increased population of buyers for your books! The National Education Association will be hosting a 6-city Reading Tour. Check out their website for event schedules, planning tips, artwork, and more @ www.nea.org. The Scholastic teachers’ organization suggests selecting a theme (for yourself or your family, office friends, etc.). Some of their favorite themes include OUT of this World—Space, Wild About Reading—Jungles, and All American—Patriotic. For the writer in you, these themes should also inspire new projects!
The very creative and wild-idea-man, Walt Disney, once said: “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Are you writing something golden? Have you started the project and find yourself stumped? READING one (or two) of those treasure books written by your favorite author—or a new author—just might inspire your next chapter(s). Reading IS the “pause that refreshes” and, as one of my writing mentors told us (constantly), “Passionate readers make skillful writers, and skillful writers become published authors of books that sell.” ⚓︎
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.