In many ways, writing is an art lost in our times, but there is still hope! Last year (2021) more than 825 million books were sold! Readers are still out there!
As we progress deeper into the first quarter of the 21st century, we are becoming more and more an instant gratification society, not just in the United States but around the world. Reading a book doesn’t provide the instant gratification of say watching a movie or television show, but we writers still have an edge.
Movies and television shows leave little to the imagination; we see how the characters look, hear how they speak, and experience the settings as the directors see fit. Books, however, allow our minds to roam and our imagination to run wild.
Lately, there has been a big fuss over whether or not physical books are becoming a thing of the past. Everything is going digital now. Still, I personally prefer the smell of paper and ink and the feel of a hardcover novel in my hands.
The digital evolution hasn’t stopped us. Roughly one billion people read eBooks! Even if paperbacks and hardcovers are losing their appeal (which I don’t believe they are), we can still publish in a format that readers will buy and read.
Consider the books you have read in your lifetime; I’m sure the number is staggering. Yes, our children these days are more inclined to watch YouTube videos or a movie than actually sit down and read a book, but that is on us, not them.
The onus is on each of us to teach our children the value of reading! Not only will reading expand their vocabulary, but it will also ignite their imaginations. The art of writing will not die if we teach our children the intrinsic value of reading good books.
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