“The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”
– Oswald Chambers
While I love books that tell me something I did not know before, egghead that I am, I must say that this is absolutely true. There is nothing quite like the feeling of encountering something that inside yourself has been nothing more than a dull ache, or a fizzing along your spine, translated into perfect prose. Those are the moments that make your heart leap into your throat, that make you scramble for a notebook and pen (or smartphone, in this lovely era of interconnectedness), that make you run to find someone to share your excitement with.
What a precious, valuable thing we writers are charged with!