My Birth as Constant Reader…
I have spent a good portion of my reading life thinking of myself as Constant Reader; as a lover of stories. It is within the context of this label that I first identified myself and where my writing-self was born.
“The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.” –Stephen King
I write as Constant Reader. I write with the mindset of one who desires to read a great story that will linger long after the last page has been turned.
What brought all this to mind was finishing Joyland by Stephen King. I enjoyed it as I have so many of his novels and it took me back to being 12 again when I first discovered his books. Back then I couldn’t wait to tell someone about the stories I read. His books left me mesmerized and afraid to go to the bathroom late at night. After reading his novel It, I have never looked down a storm drain or at a clown the same way ever again. I loved it.
Even more importantly, it was within these novels that I first identified myself as Constant Reader. In many books, either in his foreword or afterward, Mr. King addresses them to Constant Reader. In reading them I felt as though he was speaking directly to me and reshaped my way of thinking of myself. Who was I if not the epitome of the Constant Reader? I lived with my nose tucked in books. If there was a great story to be read I was in search of it. This great author was writing to me, giving me insight into the magical worlds he let me slip into. His stories, so vast in range of characters and storyline, were all so very real to me. I was able to see them so vividly in my mind’s eye. It was also within these books that I felt the first stirrings of wanting to be a writer. I wanted to create stories just like Stephen King. I too wanted to write for the Constant Reader.
Finishing Joyland reminded me of all this and more. So I ask you my fellow Constant Readers…What was the last book you read that you couldn’t wait to pass along or talk to someone about?