I have read numerous books on the craft of writing. One of my favorites is by Stephen King. Of all the wonderful advice I found in his book, the point he made that stuck most in my mind is his recommendation to read a lot if you want to be a great writer. In taking that advice to heart, I have vowed to turn off my television, except for The Blacklist on Thursdays, and read more books. This past week, I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. The way her characters lifted off the page left me feeling equal parts of awe, inspiration and jealousy. I walked away from the experience with several used tissues and a burning need to make my characters feel that three-dimensional. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t done so already. You don’t just read the book, you experience it. Those are the best kind of books and it is what I yearn for my book to be. Happy writing and happy reading to all of you out there in cyberspace. I challenge you to go read a good book this week!