I recently finished reading Lee Child's 61 Hours. I loved this book; I was hooked from the start. What hooked was Child's description of the cold and desolate South Dakota plains town where the story takes place. I also enjoyed the reference to De Smet, South Dakota, childhood home of my first favorite author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the beginning.
While I as reading the novel, I was able to think more closely about the feeling of isolation and loneliness I wanted to evoke in A Place to Call Their Own. I mentioned earlier this week I had been stuck and part of that issue was writing about those feelings when those feelings are foreign to me. I like to think I am a generally positive and happy person. Reading 61 Hours helped me understand how to write in manner that brings those feelings to the reader.
I'm not generally a fan of mysteries or thrillers, but reading that genre helps me build tension in my writing.
So two lessons I learned today...one I knew already, reading help you become a better writer. The other one is using small bits of time. I was honestly driving home from work this morning wondering where in the world was going to fit blogging into my schedule today and now I'm done.
Have a great day, everyone.
P.S. Today's picture is from my trip to De Smet, South Dakota last year over Memorial Day. This is a picture taken on the original claim of land the Ingalls' settled on when they moved to De Smet. The house is a replica of the house Pa Ingalls built for the family. Enjoy my fellow Laura Ingalls Wilder fans!