How about you? Is there a book you’d love to read that hasn’t been written? What do you love reading about, and how could you write about it? What fascinates you that could become the subject for your next story, essay, poem, or blog post?
Yes, there is one book I’d love to read and has not been written –the one I am trying to write.
And, (elementary Watson?) if I put that much effort in writing a book it has to be good enough for me to read it. Though I wrote mainly poetry recently and, on the side, some case studies on Equal Employment Opportunities , my dream is to write a novel. But counting on how slow I write it will probably be done , if ever done, in the next ten years. So, for now I have to be content with what others wrote – and I am.
What do I like to read about?
Honestly, I do not care so much about the subject itself as much as the narrative. The subjects are more or less the same: love, death, war, peace, God…it is how somebody writes about them that makes the difference.
I like to read a good story , and to exemplify what I do mean by a good story : Chronicle of a Death Foretold. I love to read a book that tackles on my own issues and questions (yes, the mememe subject). I like to read a book that shows me the world from a new perspective. I love books that are like a pat on the back and tell me it is all going to be ok like Ondaatje’s Divisadero. But I will fall for any book that can capture my short attention span and carry me in its world. I love when the characters are “living” and when the story flows naturally (Lolita), even if I disagree with the subject. I love books that make me laugh and books that make me cry.
My subject is my obsession, my very own reason for unhappiness. It can be sometimes personal, but in some cases it is an issue that just saddens me, like terrorism. While I am not that much of a Balzac’s fan I agree with him: happy people do not write well. I also come to agree with one of my friends: if you are unhappy about the state of events do not bicker about it, do something about it. And if cannot take action, at least write. But if you do write – at least do it well.
I also think that in order to be able to write about the big issues one has to learn to write about the small things in life – and I should probably remember more often to practice on that. For example I would like to write about fingers , don’t you agree that fingers is always a fascinating subject? I should probably write for people that visit this blog and are kind enough to read my posts. So, if you got to the end of this post and you are not already bored, you tell me: what would you like me to tell you about? I’ll try my best.