Jude Hardin

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Does Being A Writer Spoil The Fun Of Reading?

When my son was little (he’s 15 now), I sometimes performed simple magic tricks for him. It was fun, you know, watching his amazement as a quarter seemed to disappear from my hand or a hat seemed to levitate from the top of my head. He always asked, “How did you do that, Daddy?” When I showed him the secret, he said, “Oh!” He invariably wanted to try the trick himself. Knowing the secret was even more fun than not knowing it. Now, he was the magician.

As a writer, the same holds true for me with regard to reading. Even though I’m aware of what an author is doing, and even though I sometimes analyze the prose, plot, character development, etc., reading has not lost its magic for me. When an author is doing everything right, I can still become entranced and lose myself in the story. I can still experience what John Gardner called The Fictional Dream, even though I know all the tricks. For me, it’s one of the great pleasures of being alive. If reading somehow stopped being fun, I’m not sure I would even want to write anymore.

How about some of you other magicians out there? Is reading fiction still fun? Can you still kick back and be mesmerized by the show, even knowing the craft behind it all?


Blogger Kathy said...

Jude, you're back!

I attempt to read for pure pleasure, but the writer in me is always pondering, weighing, studying; yet, I enjoy reading whole-heartedly.

How goes the manuscript?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Hi Kathy,

After a few false starts, I think I'm on track with the new book now. Summer's not my most productive time, though. I'll start cranking it out at the end of August when school starts back.

Thanks for stopping by! How's your book coming along?

6:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I had a false start or two myself, but am on track now as well.

Great to see you're back!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Oh,yeah! My definition of a great read is one where I stop thinking about the writing and am just swept away. Now that's good writing!

12:26 PM  

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