"One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading, as well as creative writing."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's no secret I love reading. One of the many reasons I believe reading to be so valuable is that it requires imagination. Writing a book requires a tremendous amount of imagination, but I think sometimes we forget that there is imagination involved in reading a book, too.
What if all you "saw" when you read a book were the words on the page? What if all you heard was the turn of the pages or the "click" of a button on your eReader? What if all you felt was the book (or eReader!) in your hand? Now, I'm not knocking the feel of pages beneath your fingers or the pleasant way a book smells. No way! Those are great sensations. But...
When you read a book, you picture the characters in your mind. You "see" what they look like, you "observe" their actions. You "hear" their voices and their conversations. When a character mentions the aroma of fresh baked bread or the smell of the air after a warm summer rain, you "smell" those things as well.
It's because reading requires imagination. Words, books, stories... they come alive in your mind because of your imagination. Thanks to imagination, you not only read books... you EXPERIENCE them.
Reading calls on all of us to use our minds and our senses. It's possibly the most interactive form of entertainment on the planet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right... there really IS creative reading, as well as creative writing.
How do you experience a book? I'd love to hear about it!
Happy reading and writing everyone!