- Still Inspirational Seventy Years On
Although I have two open manuscripts -- a sequel to Being Tommy Boronovski, and a speculative piece set in 2060 -- I found that after such a long break I was struggling to find inspiration and focus, moving from one to the other and making scant progress.
One afternoon while sipping tea and staring out at the early February snow, a line from Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ came to me. “In order to write, you must read.” It occurred to me that my reading had dropped off to a fraction of what it used to be, and so I read. Michael Connelly’s Bosch series, Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole, and most significantly Raymond Chandler.
Considered to be a founder of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain, Chandler is recognised as being a master of dialogue and simile, and this is borne out by opening any of his books. The Little Sister (1949) is a great example of his style, and if you’re new to Chandler, it’s a good place to start. Seventy years on it’s still a fresh and absorbing read, and in my opinion head and shoulders above almost anything being published now.
And so it’s with sharpened focus, and renewed inspiration and enthusiasm that I sit back at the desk and sink deep into another world.
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Until then, happy reading.