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Will I or Won’t I?

When I read amazing books (see below for a short list of some of my favorites), I am in awe of the amazing ability to tell a story of each author in such wonderful books. I love a story that makes me weep or sob so hard that I can’t read the words on the page. Or a story that changes me forever. Or a story that makes me jump up and take some action. My favorite are the ones that make me laugh out loud or the ones with a sappy, yet beautiful love story. I also love a story based on real historical events–whether it be a work of fiction or non-fiction.

Such stories make me wonder if it is possible, if there is ANY way ever that I will even come close to publishing something I’ve written that anyone else would want to read. I love to write, so whether anyone read what I write or not, I’m going to keep writing. But I desperately want to write something that moves people the way some of these books have moved me.

But then I read a book that is so awful, I know, not even deep down, that I can write at least that well, if not a WHOLE LOT better!!! I like reading horrible books, too, because then I know there is at least one modicum of an iota chance that not only will I one publish something I’ve written, but that someone might actually read it–and like it!!!

One caveat I want to make clear: not every book that’s on my favorite–or non-favorite list has much of anything to do with grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Every single story that is on either list is because of the amazing–or not–storytelling. I can “forgive” terrible word choices and/or bad grammar, but I can’t forgive awful storytelling.

Some of the best books I’ve ever read:

  1. With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel (fiction)
  2. Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne (memoir)
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (historical fiction)
  4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (fiction)
  5. Everything written by Gayle Forman (fiction)
  6. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (fiction)
  7. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (historical fiction)
  8. Everything by Alexandre Dumas (historical fiction)
  9. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (historical fiction)
  10. Frankenstein by Mary Wallstonecraft Shelley (fiction)
  11. My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies (sort-of historical fiction)

*and too many more to list here!!!! These are just some of my favorites.

Some the worst books I’ve ever read:

  1. Needful Things by Stephen King (fiction)
  2. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (fiction)
  3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith (fiction)
  4. Almost everything by Ernest Hemingway (mostly fiction)
  5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (fiction)

*I simply don’t want to mention any more…ugh!!!

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