6/18/09

Reading and writing...

I am reading a book for my new book club. I have actually never been a part of a book club, and am very excited about the process of getting together and finding out how the book was received by each of us. I am curious if people liked it, hated it and why they felt the way they did. I love the idea that perspective and personal experience so greatly affect the way that we respond to material, whether it is music, film, art, or literature.

I didn't really start reading until yesterday, and as I got half way through, around page 250, I was struck by how easy it is to read so quickly what would have taken a year or two of an authors life. My first novel is 315 pages, took me 3 1/2 years over all, 2 of the years I wrote regularly and constantly. But even what could take 2 years can be read in 2 days. Or if you are slower a month. I found this whole realization kind of disheartening and it made me want to really pay attention to the writer's words, not to skim when I was tired, but to rather take a break and come back to the pages when I was refreshed and could give them the attention that they warranted. I felt I owed it to the author, much like I owed it to a filmmaker who spends years making a film, or a an actor who spends months working on a play, my attention and respect for their efforts were due.

Art takes so long to create and can be gobbled up so quickly, our appetites for entertainment always growing and not easily satisfied. I decided I would take my time and savor reading the words of others as well as the process of writing them, as when the time comes, I don't want my reader to skim a single one.

2 comments:

The Actors Diet said...

Have fun with the book club! It never worked out for me, but looked like so much fun in the movies....

Sorell Says... said...

It does look like fun in the movies!

Checked out your great blog. Way to go with the healthy eating and dispelling of the naturally size zero daily hamburger chowing actress myth!

Your recipes look delicious and you are both gorgeous! Stay strong and give 'em hell!

 
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