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you are literacy

October 1, 2009

Pretty much the biggest compliment someone can give a writer is to say that they liked reading your writing even though they don’t like to read.  The second biggest compliment you can get from someone is that they liked reading your writing even though they don’t know how to read.  The ultimate goal of all self-respecting authors is of course to get to the point where people don’t even have to read something you’ve written to know that they like it.  A lot.  A good writer doesn’t need to increase literacy.  A good writer is literacy, and it follows that people who are interested in an author’s writing, but don’t know how to read, or just hate to do it, tend to become literacy by association.  This doesn’t mean they know how to read, but rather that they understand and appreciate the concept of books.  I mean, do you have to be a painter to appreciate Van Gogh?  While some people might appreciate Van Gogh by looking at his paintings in a museum other people just like to watch TV.  Who’s to say which of these people is enjoying Van Gogh more?   It’s the same for books.  Some people get all crazy talking about how much they love to read Dean Koontz, but some other people who really like Dean Koontz’s writing hate his books because they are terrifying, and so the way they appreciate them is actually by not reading them.

In high school I took a road trip to California with my best friend.  We had a great time.  When we got back she told me she didn’t want to see me for two weeks. 

Appreciation is possible at most distances.

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  1. October 1, 2009 5:33 pm

    Very well put. In fact, when I first read the post title, I knew I was going to appreciate the content. ESP!

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