Hello, Katy Lee here. Some days when I sit down to write, I find I have lost my creativity and joy in the process. I doubt myself of why I am doing this and can put myself in a real funk if I don’t catch it in time. When I get like this I know it’s time to visit with an old friend. But I’m not talking about a living and breathing friend. I’m talking about the ones I have made between the pages of a book.
I read a lot, but every now and then, a story touches me so much that I award it with a place of honor. These favorite books are given a permanent home in the second drawer of my bedside table. I cherish them and keep them at my fingertips for when I need to call on them.
As a writer, I have asked myself what makes a book a keeper, and not only a keeper, but worthy of multiple rereads? Is it an extraordinary storyline with all the bells and whistles and thrilling plot twists? I’ll be honest, when I’m writing, I sometimes think it is.
But the books in my bedside table tell me differently. Most of the stories found in that second drawer are pretty simple. Nothing flashy. No surprise rabbits popping out of hats. No philosophical break-through to change the world.
Instead, when I reach for one of these books, it is the characters that I reach for. Characters who have left their mark on my heart in some way. They are old friends who I reach out to during down times. So important to me that I will stop my crazy schedule to visit with them, even though I already know what happens in the story. This tells me it’s not the story that keeps me coming back again and again.
It’s my friends. They remind me of why I write and refill me with the creativity and joy I need to press on.
The Unlocked Secret: I can stress so much about my stories. Maybe I think something is missing, or maybe I think I need to blow something up or kill off a character or throw a wrench into the mix to add intrigue and wow for the reader. But it is my rereads that tell me differently. They tell me that story line and plot twists are important, but not always as important as making sure my characters are bedside worthy.
Question: What characters/books have you awarded with honors?