Well, what a tumultuous day. Australia now has its first female Prime Minister, we’re no longer in World Cup contention, and I’ve somehow managed to write a couple of thousand words – all while following the making of Australian Political History via Twitter, News Radio and ABC 1.
And my secret, despite the distractions. I’m reading a great book.
When you’re deep in the writing pit, wrestling with words, while at the same time trying to place them delicately about the narrative like flowers, finding a good book to treat yourself with in the evening is incredibly important. Not only does it clear the palate so to speak, because you can think about your own book too much – no, really – but it gives you something to aim for, and reaffirms your delight in narrative and sentences well written. A good book is not only a delight in itself, it’s a challenge, and it makes you want to write.
I’ve been lucky of late, but the book that’s been pulling me through crunchy-finishing-manuscript-time is Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Sure, it may well be one of the most hyped books of the year, but it’s also a fabulous take on the end of the world, and it has vampires – that glow in the dark no less.
Whether or not it lives up the hype – well how can anything – but it’s certainly been an effective carrot in getting my writing done. I don’t hit my daily targets, then I don’t get to read this book.
So far I’ve hit my target every day this week, and, right now, I’m itching to sit down and read.
What’s getting everyone excited reading-wise at the moment? Or what books are you most looking forward to reading in the latter part of 2010?