What If Every Book You Read Offers You a Piece of Another Writer’s Soul?

Novelty Revisions

Well, that’s a jarring headline. But I’m not going to apologize for the way my brain works. Bear with me for just a little while, and I swear you won’t be disappointed.

There are a lot of metaphors and similes used to make an attempt to explain to non-writers what writing is actually like. I’ve been comparing writing a book to raising a child for years, despite the fact that I have been single for the majority of those years and do not have a child and don’t know firsthand if the two experiences are even fairly comparable.

My favorite Harry Potter “revelation” (and I don’t mean the kinds of insignificant revelations J.K. Rowling reveals after having already finished the series) has to do with Horcruxes — sort of. If you’ve never read the books, a Horcrux is formed when someone “splits” their soul and puts a piece of it…

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