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Why Books Are Good For You

IMG_5594I am an unapologetic bibliophile. I am delighted with the moniker nerd and everything that might mean in terms of books.

This love affair began when I was a barefoot child living in the bush and books were my entertainment, aside from playing in the river with my brothers and sister – we didn’t have a TV. I only wish I had the choices now available to children and teens in terms of reading matter. Enid Blyton titles got a good battering but she has a lot to answer for in terms of good literature. But I still have a soft spot for The Magic Faraway Tree.

Instinct tells me that books are awesome. They’re good for you. But if statistics tell us that only 46% of Australians have decent literacy skills, then many people are missing out on their magic. This is why I feel compelled to spread the joy of reading to the masses and just about all the work I do is centred on it. Without good literacy skills, people have less job opportunities and this has a flow on affect on self-esteem and life quality.

A few weeks ago I read a small paragraph in the Herald Sun about the fact that reading for as little as 6 minutes can reduce stress by 68%. As you can imagine I pointed this out to my other half as justification for how much I read. But there are so many good reasons to read a book.

Ever heard the term ‘use it or lose it’? It applies to all parts of our body including the brain. Reading is good mental stimulation and is a known activity to slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. So while you’re using reading as a health benefit you can also increase your knowledge from both non-fiction and fiction books. Don’t think a novel has no knowledge to impart. Writers spend a lot of time researching their facts and put it in their stories.

Reading improves analytical skills, empathy, writing skills, and vocabulary, adding up to a more educated, intelligent human. We should never stop learning and reading allows us to keep doing it.

Best of all, reading is fun! A reader can be transported to a totally different world or be educated about a topic that interests them. This is why I believe that the physical form is going to be around for many, many years.

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Hello, Writers

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My name is Blaise van Hecke and I love stories. I cannot walk past a bookshop or op-shop without going in to fondle the books. On holidays, I’m pretty sure that my family distract me when driving anywhere near these shops to avoid the long delays it might mean if I spot them – I have a ‘to be read’ bookshelf.

I blame my mum for this obsession because she is a storyteller extraordinaire and reading, writing, music and art were like food when I was a child. One of my earliest memories is listening to Watership Down being read – my seven year old head bent close to the radio – by a man with a deep English voice. I was hooked.

As soon as I could form words with a pencil, I created stories. My first ‘masterpiece’, complete with illustrations, was a story about people living in the clouds who turned on taps to make it rain. My mum still has the book covered in multi-coloured checked fabric full of my scribbling. Now I write both fiction and non-fiction and am always thinking about words and images.

I believe that reading and writing are good for you. Journaling has helped me live through many difficult times and I know from many people that a reading a book that resonates can be life saving or inspirational.

My biggest passion is to help people get their story, no matter what shape or form, into the world so that other people can benefit from them. I take great pleasure in working on a project from the seed of an idea to a book in hand, something that can be life changing for the creator.

I’ve started up this new website to share my passion for the written word. I hope that you enjoy my website and together we can change the world one story at a time …

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