Wow is that ever a loaded question!
I’ve lived about a thousand lifetimes so one day I figured it was time to put some of those stories down on paper. Well… figuratively speaking.
I’m a passionate person. I include books – reading and writing – among my passions.
The written word connects our present to the deep past and the far distant future. There’s a secret behind the written word, or hieroglyphics or cuneiform or illustrations or cave paintings– it’s a hand print surrounded by red pigment on a rock wall.
More important, reading is fun, sometimes sad, but always worthwhile.
I think life experience counts. It’s all well and good to live in your mind. Nothing can compare to an active imagination. But when an author has lived a little, it shows by the way she animates her creation. A reader can sense the authenticity behind the words, even in a work of pure fantasy.
I’m not saying you should go out and do everything you write about- God forbid- but when you create a character and a situation, if you borrow from your own life, from people you’ve known, from conversations you’ve overheard or been a part of, when you include bits and pieces of your own soul, I can feel it.
Oh, there are fun books, there’s nothing wrong with fun. I had a great time reading Dan Brown’s shoot ‘em up spiritual adventure Elysian mystery quest, The Da Vinci Code, but there are great books too, like East of Eden.
When a photographer apologized to the Italian actress, Anna Magnani, for all the wrinkles in her face his lighting had produced, rumor has it she said, “Don’t you dare take them out. I worked too hard for those wrinkles.”