Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic is: It's (the day before) Valentine's Day! Let's jump start the lovefest by blogging about what you love most about writing (and/or reading)!
I could probably write an essay explaining what I love about writing and reading. Writing and reading are, especially writing, my life. I couldn't see a future where I'm not writing or getting sucked into amazing new books.
What I love the most about both are characters. Creating them and reading about them. There are so many that I care about in reading. Tris (Divergent), Dodge (The Looking Glass Wars), Darren (The Saga of Darren Shan) etc. I love being introduced to characters who I come to care about. Who face a lot of shit and try to work past that. I care when they're whole world could be or has been ruined. Like Poppy in Night World who dreamt of her future yet fell victim to cancer at 16. Mark Petrie in 'Salem's Lot who sees his whole town get slowly taken over by vampires.
And I love creating them. Especially a group of characters who have a strong friendship or sibling relationship and face abnormal threats. You can't help but fall in love with your characters. Even when you're putting them through hell you've brought them to life and worked hard to make them realistic. You learn so much about them that they could almost be real life friends.
You laugh with them, you cry with them, you feel embarrassed when they do etc. And that's what I love. Characters who you can share the journeys with.