How stories and people create wonderful connections
This post is part of a blog tour to initiate International Authors’ Day, hosted by Debdatta from b00kr3vi3s.in. Make sure to visit the other participants listed in the end.
Can you imagine writing 500 words per day? Me neither. And still I am doing it. I took part in a challenge in the beginning of the year. And although I was very sceptical about online communities, it was the messages of other participants that kept me going. Now writing my 500 words is a daily habit.
In fact, I am working on 1613 words per day now, at Camp NaNoWriMo. I am very much behind and I rarely like what I write, but again, it is the commitment and encouragement of the community that pushes me through.
Just like the Internet connects people, books do, too. But only if you let go of them. During the last two years I learned a lot about minimalism but still it’s hard to travel lightly, since most of my luggage consist of books. I would never throw a book away, but I learned to give them to friends. I won’t read them again, but in the hands of my friends they will be taken care of or even set out on further journeys.
Meanwhile I also received books from friends. An old memoir of Katia Mann which was a birthday gift from my Godmother to her mother in 1975. And Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, a book my grandmother loved. I got it from a friend at her birthday party. Guess what I gave her as a present? Right, a book I liked and thought she’d like it, too.
Let go of your books and connect with the people. You will remember the stories and enable others to enjoy them. (And you will create more space on your shelf for new ones.)
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