Today is a weird topic for me. I mean, it’s not weird for ME but it might be for you.
Again, it’s a good time to remind you that the writing prompts are OPTIONAL. I added them because some people wanted to participate but ended up spending 5 minutes writing about what they should be writing about in those 5 minutes. Usually if I’m given a prompt, I’m off and running very quickly.
How do I come up with the prompt? I dump what’s in my head and then go back and try to create something generic that perhaps you can relate to.
Today’s (Optional) Writing Prompt: Have you ever gotten so engrossed in a book that is seemed to spill over into your real life? Tell me about it.
Here we go…
I wrote last year at some point about how much I missed reading. Like real reading. Sitting and flipping through pages of a book. So I read a few. And I listened to some audiobooks, the big one for me being “The Help.” I fell in love with not only the written word but the spoken word too.
When I find the time and interest, I try to stick my nose in a book or listen to one (which actually takes longer). I had some Audible credits to use up so I downloaded “The Hunger Games.” I didn’t think it would be for me. I figured it was another “Twilight” teen pic sort of series. When I found out it was more sci-fi/futuristic, I thought I felt ready to figure out what it’s all about.
When I listen to a book, if it’s read well, I become completed enveloped by the story. It’s like watching a movie in my own head. That happens to a degree when I’m reading but moreso when I have to focus my audio skills on creating a picture.
I listened to The Hunger Games and I was deeply involved. I saw the characters and knew them in detail. I was driving up to Baltimore when Katniss entered the arena and was desperately searching for water. Is it coincidence that I was extremely thirsty in the car when I was listening to that part? I had no water either. When she was cold, I seemed to be cold.
I recently decided to bake some bread. Some whole wheat bread. Part of it was me saving me. Part of it was using up ingredients in my house before I move. But maybe, just maybe, it was because Katniss received a loaf of bread from District 11 and it made me think subconsciously about being able to make my own bread.
Even now, as the book is over, I’m still thinking about the story and hearing my life narrated by Carolyn McCormick, just like the story.