Ah, Valentines day. It’s the day cupid supposedly shoots his arrow and we all find love. It’s a day when everyone has a decent excuse for a massive sugar high. It’s a day when all you need is love.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all lovey-lovey on you. At least not in the way you might expect. This post is for the love of books and the various types of love we find in them.
Here at WriteOwls, we are big believers in learning the craft of writing from other authors. If you’ve read our series Learn to Write by Reading, then you know we love to recommend books that have influenced us, or helped us become better writers.
For me the following books have had a profound effect on me in this regard:
Kids of Appetite, aka KOA (some romance, but it’s more about the love between the family you create)
The Serpent King (like KOA, some romance, but more about how deeply true friends can love each other while riding out the most unpleasant aspects of life)
Cloud Atlas (Love that transcends more than one lifetime)
The Cather in the Rye (Holden’s love for his sister and his desire to protect her from going over the edge is classic)
The Red Pencil (love that propels a family to survive)
5to1 (gradually learning to love someone and then allowing them to go on)
On Beauty (0ne of the complex love stories I’ve read in a long time)
Barkskins ( more a love note to a place rather than the people who inhabit it)
I could literally (haha) list 600 more books, but I won’t because I should be writing. (If you have an other recommendations, please share!)
Now it’s your turn. Think of all the books you’ve read where love, and not just romantic love, was illustrated so wonderfully. Think about the way the author effectively showed the love between characters (again, not necessarily romantic). Today, while you write, see if you can apply that to your own writing.