Dec/Jan NaNoWriMo 2014/15 Day 14: Falling in Love with Books

Hey guys! So I had a great writing day. It was one of those sessions when all the stars aligned. I wrote a total of 2,198 words today. Here are my stats from the past 14 days:

Word Count Goal: 26,672

Words Written: 28,803

I am still ahead! Yay! I’m actually still very surprised that I have not fallen behind yet. I was afraid that was going to happen.

Anyway, today I want to talk about falling in love with books. Last night I finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for the #AYearAThon read-a-thon I am participating in this week. I read the book in one day and absolutely fell in love. I will give my thoughts about the novel in my #AYearAThon wrap up at the end of the week. (The read-a-thon lasts from the 5th-11th).

It has been a long time since I truly fell in love with a book. I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, but most of the books I have read since then have been bland. The last time I really got excited about a book was when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. Ever since that series ended, I have been on the prowl for a book that could make me feel that way again. The Lunar Chronicles is wonderful, The Book Thief is touching and powerful, but nothing has affected me more than Eleanor & Park. Rainbow Rowell’s writing is truly magical. She really knows how it feels to be an outsider in high school and to be in love. It’s rare for an author to be able to capture a specific moment in time. J.K Rowling did it with the Harry Potter series and Rainbow Rowell did it with Eleanor & Park. 

Every time I fall in love with a book, it makes me motivated to improve my own writing. I want people to fall in love with my characters and my story. I know there is no tried and true formula to achieve such a result. All I can do is write a relatable story with real characters and emotions.

Have you fallen in love with a book recently? Which book was it and how did it make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!

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