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Why Do You Read?

30 Sep

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Or maybe you might want to listen to some music while you read this post? Minutes Before Sunset now has a soundtrack on 8tracks radio. Click here or the picture to listen away. 

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So onto today’s topic:

I was going through my blog last week when I realized something: I always write about why I write, but I’ve never wrote about why I read, even though I read as much as I write. I’m passionate about both, so I knew I had to talk about why I read and discuss it with other readers.

At first, the answer seems simple. I read, because I like to; it’s entertainment. But then it gets more complicated. Why reading? Why do I prefer to be entertained by reading words over listening to music, watching movies, or something else entirely?

When I really started thinking about it, I realized I started seriously reading at a very young age, and it was generally on the road. My family moved around a lot, especially when I was a kid. As of now, I’ve already moved eleven times, including five states. Between moving, we traveled a lot–mainly because my family was spread across the country, and we drove to make visits. This meant hours–sometimes days–spent in the car with nothing to do…until I started bringing books with me.

To this day, I’m pretty blessed to be able to say I don’t get nauseous when I read in cars or airplanes, and I believe I fell in love with books somewhere along those roads. I was traveling in novels while I was traveling the country, and the new characters became my friends as I did so. After that, I would say my reasoning for reading changed, but it depended on what I was picking up. If it were fiction, it might have been to visit a new world. If it were a memoir, it was to understand the psyche of another, to learn about another’s life. If it were poetry, it might be to challenge myself or even to learn about my own life.

So why do you read? Has your reasoning changed from when you first started to now?

Here are some anwsers from my Facebook Author Page:

Author, Rissa Blakeley: I became an avid reader later in life. I picked up books that everyone was talking about, and finally, I understood the beckon of a book. I read now to dive into worlds. A happy escape essentially. From fitting in to pure joy.

Anette Abernathy: At my elementary school from 4th to 6th grade we had to read 500 pages a month, so I made myself love doing it. Fast forward to my freshman and sophomore years in college and I lost a taste for fiction because the characters became stale. Everyone wrote the same kinds of people depending on the genre, so I started writing. Now I read(mostly non-fiction and articles and blogs) to build characters(psyches, back stories, personalities) for my stories.

Karen Peacock: I read to escape for a while from everyday life. I love getting lost in someone else’s story

One last update:

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With careful consideration, I’ve decided that November Snow will no longer be available as an ebook. But it is available as a paperback through Amazon. I did this for many reasons, but I mainly did this, because I wrote November Snow when I was 13 and self-published it when I was 16. Because of this, today’s version might not be what my current readers are looking for; however, I do plan on rewriting November Snow one day, so I can republish it in a more professional manner. Thank you for understanding.

~SAT

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Music Muse: The xx

27 Sep

Okay. So every writer (and any kind of artist) gets inspiration from somewhere, and I’ve found that an array of music causes a positive flow to the story creation. Think of listening to music while writing like a movie soundtrack. Songs can add brilliance to emotional perceptions, but they can also be wickedly entertaining (and they’re on-the-go with an iPod!). Basically, I’ll be on here every once in a while, sharing some of my favorite bands I’ve come across that I love to use for writing, and here’s my first!

The xx. They first debuted back in 2009, but their new album, Coexist, was recently released, and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since it was gifted to me (See? Even my circle knows I’m crazy about this stuff).

I definitely suggest them. The xx is enchantingly mellow and deliciously personal. Coexist, an album generally described as experimental or indie pop, subtlety submerges the listener into the passionate desire of love and heartbreak. Even their first song, “Angel,” seems to melt the world away as the duet reconvenes time and time again, sending us through the dark, but beautiful, moments of coexisting with another person.

Songs like “Angel” and “Sunset” can truly encourage inspiration (if writing hasn’t done that to you already), and I think I may just start listening to them right now…

::starts dancing while typing:: (It’s like playing the piano).

Click here for more info and/or to buy it!

~SAT

“Coexist” album cover

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