One of the books I am reading for one of my graduate school classes mentioned how important it is for readers and writers to pay close attention to what other good writers do.
It asked us to think carefully about the words we read.
Then we were asked to notice a line in a book we wish we had written.
One of my favorite books is called Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. There are several lines as well as whole passages in that book I wish I had written. Here is an example:
"At last the sun touched the skyline, merged with it for a moment in a final explosive blaze of light and heat and sank out of sight. The shadow of the canyon wall advanced across the canyon floor, included the horse, touched the rocks and brush on the far side. A wave of cooling relief like a breeze, like an actual movement of air, washed through the canyon..."
Edward Abbey paints such a vibrant, clear picture of this sunset with his words. It was like I was sitting there watching it happen and could feel the transition from hot to cold as the last light of the sun disappeared.
What about you? Will you pay close attention to what you read this week (and beyond)? Will you share a line or a brief passage you wish you had written?