I’ve just this second come up with a theory. Here it is: Writers not only start out as readers, they start out as re-readers. When I was a child I would read books over and over again – some countless times. Some until the books was dog-eared and falling apart. Others I would borrow from the public library or my school library numerous times. Here’s a short list of some of the books I re-read again and again in childhood, all of which I have reviewed on this blog as Marvelous Middle Grade Monday entries:
Most kids who can read, do. And some kids who read turn into grown-ups who read. That’s fantastic. I just wonder if “re-reading” isn’t something that positively correlates with becoming a writer in adulthood. I believe re-reading demonstrates early attempts to understand how stories work, how characters are formed, and how plots tangle and resolve. Kids who are destined to be writers re-read instinctively because this is the way to develop an innate sense of story-telling.
So to research my new theory I’d like to ask my fellow writers: were you a re-reader? Did you (do you) read some books over and over until you had practically memorized them? Did you (do you) flip familiar books open and read favorite passages? Do you quote favorite books the way some quote the Bible?
As a middle grade reader, which books did you read over and over and over?
Soooooo…(sly wink) I CAN’T WAIT TO READ WICKET SEASON! Of course I’ve read it, I wrote the darn thing, but I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on a printed book!
For other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts check out these blogs:
- Joanne Fritz @ My Brain on Books
- Ben Langhinrchs @ My Comfy Chair
- Sherrie Petersen @ Write About Now
- Brooke Favero @ Somewhere in the Middle
- Myrna Foster @ Night Writer
- Ally Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy
- Barbara Watson @ Novel and Nouveau
- Deb Marshall @ Just Deb!
- Anita Laydon Miller’s Middle Grade Blog
- Michael G-G @ Middle Grade Mafioso
- Natalie Aguirre @ Literary Rambles
- Ms. Yingling @ Ms. Yingling Reads
- Jennifer Rumberger
- Pam Torres @ So I’m Fifty
- Mary @ Writer’s Butt Does Not Apply to Me
- The Accidental Novelist