The people behind the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" franchise knew what they were doing when they came up with the innovate way of compiling essays set to a theme. The books are about a myriad of topics and each essay is meant to fill the reader with some positive emotion. Hope. Happiness. Love. Words inspire.
At times when I'm feeling down, I read a book or, sometimes, watch a movie and feel better. More than escapism, words in books transport readers into another person's head, real or not. They can give us perspective and they can make us feel as if we aren't alone.
As I'm working on the edits for the first half of my manuscript, I'm remembering what it is that compels me to read. I enjoy reading stories that have elements of fantasy in them, but also ones that have characters who are going through phases of change in their lives. Things may be difficult for a while, but the main character triumphs in the end and everything is OK.
I know life doesn't always work like that, but it would be nice if it did.
So I'll keep reading and writing, as well as hoping that my words will inspire someone someday.