I’m not sure why we do it – leave the comfort and conveniences of our home to cram ourselves into a box on wheels and head for some distant destination.
Our fifth-wheel trailer combines a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, all in less square footage than our family room here at home, and yet we love filling it with what we consider essentials, so we can have it all while we get away from it all. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?
But there’s an inexplicable pull to escape from our everyday routines. The grass is always greener on the other side of reality.
That’s one reason why I enjoy reading novels. They provide an opportunity for escape into a world unlike my own, a voyeur’s peek into someone else’s reality. It’s not a better life, just a different one.
That may be why I like reading them, but what about writing novels? In a guest post yesterday, debut author Catherine Knutsson shared a very honest and personal glimpse of why she writes, but her reason isn’t mine. And I suspect most writers would have their own distinct reasons.
I ponder mine every so often, and come up with different answers each time. I’ve always preferred writing to talking. It’s easier for me to find words to put on a page than to find the right ones to say. I think words long deliberated and finally written help me to see and understand things better … people, situations, motivations, the visible and invisible parts of life.
Maybe that’s not so different from my reasons for liking to travel in our trailer. Daily life in a campsite is not the same as it is at home. I might still write while sitting in a recliner, but I get to see things from a fresh perspective.
What are your reasons for liking to read and/or write novels?
(P.S. No, I’m not going on a trailering vacation any time soon. All this rain is just making me wish summer would hurry up!)
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