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Write On, Wednesday: Writers as Readers

By Leslie Lindsay I’ll let you in on a secret: writers love to read. The inverse relationship is not always true; readers do not always like to write. Let’s say you are lucky enough to find yourself planted in both camps. You read. You write. Now, the moment of truth: is that a blessing or a curse? There are times I read books and I am just floored. I mean, swept-away-jaw-on-the-floor wowed. It seems so effortless, so magically transporting. And so I think (perhaps erronously), “hey, I can do that.” So, I roll up the sleeves and curl the fingers over the keyboard. I watch the cursor blink. Uh…yeah…maybe not. But since I am a pretty tenacious person, I plod through anyway. And I recall those mesmerizing words and sublime transitions, ones that are so subtle they hardly feel calculated. Effortless. There. That word again. Interestingly, the effort is there. You just don’t see it. And that is what defines good writing. I read a lot. I probably throw back a book a week. Five days. Some …