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Writing Corner: Reading and Writing Have Enhanced My Life

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Reading and Writing Have Enhanced My Life

by Joanne Troppello

Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”

I can totally relate to those words. I love to write, but I want to write in a way that shares my creativity but is well-written—and resonates with readers.

I’ve been writing for a long time since before I attended college and for all these years afterwards. I got a degree in creative writing, but my writing journey has taken a circuitous route to where I’m at today. I’ve written three fictions books, write poetry and publish it on Medium and here at Mustard Seed Sentinel, write articles for the magazine, and write articles for Constant Content and Content Writers.

I’m also an avid reader. I believe that reading has helped me grow as a writer.

Jim Rohn said, “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”

I’ve loved to read since I was a child. I’m glad my mom encouraged me to keep reading as a child. My favorite series as a pre-teen was the Nancy Drew mystery novels. Reading those books cultivated in me a desire to read more mystery novels and write a romantic suspense novel.

The following poem shares my love for both reading and writing.

Hidden Mysteries

Thoughts from a reader and writer

I crave the feel of books,

fingertips lightly caressing the cover,

the door to hidden knowledge,

available to willing hands

moving forward, flipping pages, learning.

My fingers warm to the

touch of a page,

hidden with mystery

desiring to be revealed like

the word unraveled to the seeker.

Fingers shuffling pages

fingers tightly holding the pen,

pressing red into black, correcting.

My delight is in the finished page,

molded to an imperfect perfection

as the potter molds the clay.

I have known the mystery,

seen it at work

fingers touch the cover

a mystery to be revealed.

If you’re a writer or a reader, feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you about why you love reading or writing, or both.


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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