Books I wish that I read before I took up writing

As many of you are aware, I am writing the second book of a series. In the series, I created the scenario where there is 10 years in Lendaw for every 1 year of Earth. I wish I had done this differently as I find this time frame a bit restrictive. After I self published the first book, I read: “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis. I wish I had this as a child. It would have solved my time issue.

I also read: “A Wrinkle in Time” series, by Madeleine L’Ingle, the first book in my option the only one worth reading, gave me other ideas which would have helped with my writing.

The thing is, I was an avid reader as a kid, but for some reason, I never read these classic children novels. I am not sure why, or how I missed these books, but I never read them. Much later, I would go on to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and later the Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien which got me into the Fantasy genre, and much later I would read the White Gold Wielder series, by Stephen R. Donaldson which provided me with the “one time equals another time” idea for my book series; however, as I have said, “I am finding this too restrictive.”

There are many other classic books which I never read as a kid that I wish I had; for example, there is:  The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/In Through the Looking Glass just to name a few. I have seen some of these as movies, so it wasn’t a complete loss, but I find, for myself, books to be better because they provide more context and detail. There are some more modern books I have never read that would probably help with writing Young Adult, or children’s books, but one cannot read everything. Still, I wish I read at least the classic I have mentioned that I haven’t (actually) read. Oh well. One cannot go back.

The thing with writing is that it is also important that one be a reader too. I have read this advice from other writers, and it is probably the first advice that writers’ give – that one read if one wishes to be a good writer – Well, I discovered this on my own. I just did not read all the classics that I could have as a kid. Like I said, “Oh, well.”

Still if I could give my younger self some advice, I would say read some of the classic books you wouldn’t normally read. So, you adults out there in cyberspace who have children who love to read, please make suggestions not only of the books that you enjoyed as a kid, but also some of these other classic gems.

While it is true that hindsight is twenty-twenty vision, it is not too late for the next generation.
—Robert Confiant 26 May 2019

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