I’ve loved words all of my life. I’ve always been a writer, and my relationship with words on a written page has gone through ups and downs, like any relationship, but I always end up back with them–writing again.
Reading gives me extreme pleasure. I would rather read and write than do just about anything else.
When I read something exceptionally well written, I stroke the pages, lovingly. Now you all know how warped I am. But maybe not.
According to a study conducted by scientists in Great Britain, certain phrases stimulate pleasure centers in the brain. Of course, they were specifically studying books and words by famous mystery writer, Agatha Christie, but still….
The article I read said:
Scientists in Britain say they’ve cracked the mystery surrounding the popularity of Agatha Christie’s murder novels.
Neurolinguistic researchers at three universities studied more than 80 of her novels and have concluded her phrases activate a pleasure response. Neurolinguists explore the relationship between language and brain function.
Now, I’ve read maybe one Agatha Christie novel in my life, so I’m not saying they are right. It didn’t stimulate me enough to read more, but I do have that kind of relationship with other writers. Barbara Kingsolver, particularly, comes to mind. She writes such beautiful prose.
And I notice this from other writers, too. Dennis Lehane is one of the most lyrical, beautiful writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. M.J. Rose is another enchanting, lyrical writer, whose words literally sing to me.
Where other women are turned by six-pack abs, or broad, sculptured shoulders, I have a passion for words.
I know, I know, I’m crazy. How about you?