Books we love stay with us in many ways. Read them enough and they become part of your fiber, your very being.
Good books are meant to be read, and reread, and read over yet again. The more we read the words and live the story the better our experience - and that's when we start thinking like writers!
Some of my favorite books I have read six or seven times. And you know what? They get better each time I read them - and then my writing gets better.
When you reread a book, you start noticing how it's crafted. You notice the similes, the contrast, the foreshadow. It's all there.
Use your notebook this week to list some of your favorite stories -even if they were picture books from a few years ago.
Then record your favorite passages. This works best if you have the book in front of you, if not you may have to go from memory.
Notice what the author does that makes that passage or chapter come alive.
Record it in your notebook.
Try doing the same thing yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can write.
Reading a good book is like listening to good music. We absorb it, and when we are ready we use similar patterns and notes in our own creation. It's just like the form of found poetry, only bigger.
Go, explore, and write.
Let me know what you come up with.