Reading to Writing to Storytelling
I've always been a pretty avid reader, but it reached a peak in Boston when I joined my first (three) bookclubs. Each bookclub had a theme, whether it was LGBTQ, sci-fi, or people of color (i.e., non-white) authors. I was introduced to books that I would have never picked up on my own, and thus learned new ways of writing and storytelling. In Phnom Penh, I have struggled to find the time to read. Here I have swapped my 30+ minute public transportation commute for 10 minute tuk-tuk rides. My days are spent in the classroom or preparing lessons, and my evenings are filled with social activities. By the time the weekend hits, it can be a challenge to find the mental energy to dive into my Kindle. And yet.
Reading is helpful in learning how to write and find your narrative voice, and writing is helpful in learning how to craft a story. As you take in details and structure, and get wrapped up in the threads of the story, you are also learning what works for you. For that reason, it is important to prioritize reading as a foundation for building a narrative. So what book will you pick up next?