Today has been one of those days, Squiders, where trying to get anything done has been a huge drag and everything seems too hard. This, sadly, includes blogging. And so I took to the interwebs in search of inspiration (and instead got sucked into YouTube, alas), and I found a blog topic generator. You plug in some SEO keywords for your website and it spits out titles of blog posts for you.

So, I put in reading, writing, and fantasy. And it gave me:

  • Why We Love Writing (And You Should, Too!)
  • 10 Quick Tips About Fantasy
  • The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Reading
  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Writing
  • 7 Things About Fantasy Your Boss Wants to Know

Not sure what sort of fantasy your boss wants to know about, honestly. Anyway, I am generally amused, because they don’t quite work, but I kind of want to make them work.

But onto real content. You know how sometimes you pick up a book and you start reading it, and you fall in love with it immediately, with the style and flow of the words themselves? I have found one of those books. And I am reading it almost ungodly slowly, because it’s so pretty I want to make it last as long as possible. It’s frankly ridiculous, because I’m only three chapters in, and maybe the book will take a terrible turn halfway through and I will be horribly disappointed in the end.

To be frank, I’m a little jealous. You know how everyone says you need a good hook right at the beginning, something to drag your readers in and keep them reading? To be honest, I feel like most people aren’t great at this. Or they’ve got a really interesting first line/paragraph/page and then it kind of trails off, like they put a lot of work into the very beginning and less work into the rest. It seems really rare for a book to be uniformly good, in terms of prose, all the way through.

And, of course, what works is different from reader to reader, so no doubt something that I find great someone else will find plain, and something that someone else finds great I might feel is overwritten nonsense.

But for now, I keep my hopes up and shall continue savoring.

Do you have books/authors that hit all the right notes for you, Squiders? Not necessarily plotwise, but in the flow of the words? What are they?

When Books Hook You (and Blog Topic Generator Hilarity)
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