Are you excited? You should be, because this is the start of an awesome new weekly segment on this blog, called I wish I wrote that.
Each week, I’ll provide a short snippet of writing that I admire, and then explain why I like it so much. Reasons will be varied, but will often be because of how eloquently the snippet describes a particular emotion or human experience.
So, let’s get to it! Considering I’ve just got home from the book launch of Nick Earls’ latest book The Fix, it seems only fitting that I should kick this segment off with a quote from one of Nick Earls’ books. Today’s quote is from Monica Bloom by, you guessed it, Nick Earls!
“Her hair was different, I noticed. It used to be very carefully shaped, and now it wasn’t. It was naturally wavy, and now she was allowing it to be that way.”
Why do I like this?
I like this quote because it shows Matt (the teenage protagonist) noticing his mother changing. Without explicitly saying so, it shows us that his mother is becoming more confident and relaxed, and that he’s noticing these changes in her.
What do you think?
Do you like this snippet? Do you know of any other quotes that reflect this kind of observation just as well or better?
And more broadly, what do you think of this segment idea? Good or bad? Let me know!