3/15/12

Do like Sherlock Holmes, Be Tenacious.

"This is the problem, wrote Holmes in 1899: ennui. And lack of interest. Or rather, it all becomes too easy. When the joy of solving crimes is the challenge, the possibility that you cannot, why then the crimes have something to hold your attention. But when each crime is soluble, and so easily soluble at that, why then there is no point in solving them."
-A Study in Sherlock. “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman.
The above quote explains how I feel about reading, writing, and life in general. Those of us with ADHD are tenacious. Like Holmes, we harbor the need to be challenged, to be asked to solve the insoluble.

When it comes to writing, I am to tackle stranger, more difficult material. Otherwise, how can I improve? ADHD fosters this practice by giving me the competative drive to overcome. I must learn, explore, and advance.

While reading books that replicate what has already been written, I generally sigh and flip the page, determined to never give up on an author. “You can learn something to learn from every author,” I often remark.  Each was published for a reason, be it his/her style, sentence construction, characters, dialogue, descriptions, or analogies. Your task, as a student of literature, becomes to dig through the muck to pilfer and behold that writer’s wisdom.

Who are your favorite authors? I constantly loot the web and sites like GoodReads for quality literature and would love to hear your suggestions. They can be from any age group or genre: kids, adult, fiction, non-fiction, horror, romance, sci-fi, memoir… Comment below or email me at WriteToJulianna



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