Have you ever wondered WHY some people read? There are certain things that reading can help you with.
The first thing is Books are usually used for education but they are not just text books or story they are (or can be…even if fiction and fantasy) experience in a single subject or topics in a subject. Think of them like this.
They are the summary of many years of experience.
Its the SUMMER! It’s reading season!
If you are a student now’s the time to read something you want to. (unless of course you get some stupid reading list, then I am so sorry but the faster you get through what you HAVE to, the sooner you could read something you want) heck you can even challenge yourself… read a the ones you have to all at the same time a chapter from say 1-3 of those books a day. Me If I had a questionnaire I would do that as I skimmed through the book. You can read what you want when you go to the beach or pool, maybe something that you could finish in a day.
If you are a parent now is the time to read something (especially when you don’t normally get to)
I don’t know if any of you are off to stay home with the kid, but even if you can only do it the week or 2 you are on vacation) but while at home even if you have to read during commercials, while the kid is napping (if they still do that), in the bathroom, while at the pool or beach, before bed (it will help you fall asleep and sleep better) in the bath, or if you wake before anyone else just read in bed just be careful not to make too much noise if reading a print book or even on a device. Also if you are working and take public transportation why not read while on that train or bus or plane!
Creativity— *and my favorite reason I’ve written a few poems inspired by a line, or paragraph in a story, or was inspired by the story itself. Sometimes the description of something gives me the picture in my head or a poem to write.
Relax— While there are true crime stories, I find there’s plenty enough of that in real life.. WHY do you want to read stories like that when you can just watch it on the news or basically any night in a Police drama on tv? I always saw Books and movies and TV series to relax and get away from reality.
Life.–sometimes they can be therapy. I recently finished a book about a character that was obsessive Compulsive.. While I don’t have that I do have anxiety and depression and I was able to relate in parts as the character mentioned things I went through or still feel. So in a sense it was sort of like I had a friend that actually understood me.
Learn– while yes there are text and workbooks there are others that instead of those sort can help you learn and improve yourself. Say buy a language phrasebook and try to learn at least one to 5 words (or phrases) from it a day. You broaden your vocabulary. There are times I come out with a word and my mother is like where did you learn that word, or I shock myself and end up looking up the word myself as I don’t remember learning it which means I picked it up from something I read, and am not always clear if its right to use in that moment.
Brain– Yours. write down your thoughts in a journal what you do or need to each day what movies and ‘TV’ shows you watched music listened to and books you read or write your reviews for them it’s nice to look back after a couple of months and even years to see what was going on. It also works as a record. Don’t want to have one like that Then have a common place book… keep your recipes, favorite quotes and lines and just keep lists (with a grade ‘review’ of the books you read movies and shows you watched and so on. You can do this for restaurants and such. This is what you’d call a brain dump.
Health – frankly I find writing in a journal diary whatever healthy. it helps when you air things out especially more so when you feel like you don’t have someone you can talk to about your problem, or everyone just always seems busy.
This post was inspired by 3 Reasons to read a book now
I know nowadays some people just write directly to a computer file. I don’t, no matter what I am writing one of the stories i’m starting or still working on same for poems, letters etc I always use a pen. For me I prefer to use the thick (fat) barrel pens so that my fingers don’t hurt and cramp. This is one I’ve been using well over 10 years!
I was in the market for a new set of color pens, as the last ones I had for one…didn’t write smoothly (I had to press on them and that tends to tire the hand out faster) and 2. the orange was more that brownish orange (rust) color.
So I remembered the Inkjoy commercial,
When I first saw this commercial, I wish I still had the old Spirograph set I had as a kid
I had previously grabbed one of the purple ones that came with the ‘pen’ stylus for phones, tablets etc on it. I liked the way it felt and wrote so I ordered a pack of the retractable Color pens for writing in my journal, and letters. They’re not fat like my Tandem pen, but they aren’t so thin like the papermate stick ones that my fingers start to hurt. Even though these are an average size pen, they are still comfortable to use. As for what the commercials say, I LOVE these pens! They are my new favorite kind! They write so smooth you would think it was water or air! I even found a mini set of them in a discount store! These are great for anyone for summer roadtrips, days at the beach and vacations. No matter what you do draw, journal, doodle or scrapbook and anything else I may be missing.
and just so you don’t have to deal with my my review, here’s a video one from youtube.
For those of you that want them for the office I looked up a few options for your convenience
First we examine what transition words are, the words that push your story forward. Next we examine how they are used. Honestly if you didn’t already noticed, I used two transition words in these sentences! Add information ‘for instance, when you show an example, or “below” you will find a list of these type of words and the categories they fall under.
They keep order, of First and last, but let’s hope we don’t get into a Who’s on 1st discussion. They compare things and not ‘in the same way’ metaphors or similes do. Emphasize your point “which in fact”, make you see the big fat period at the end of the argument “like” the old talk to the hand gesture. So
here’s the list of the words to use to transition print it,laminate it and refer to it if you are stuck
Now how to use them is up to you.
Here’s an idea for us busy bodies who can never seem to get our writing in!
Instead of trying to get so much time in a day, do a little each day for a week. Write short stories, even if its only 1 page front and back, write for 5 minutes, poems whatever you think of. Don’t forget to shut the world out, especially out of mind. Make a character sketch for someone you see during lunch at work, or outside in the park.
In honor of NaNoWriMo coming (November) I thought I’d prepare those of you who are participating. For those that don’t know about National Novel Writing Month go to
Nanowrimo.com (or it may be .org I forget)
November’s posts will be themed to helping you with your book (even if not in participating as can be a bit stressful)