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The Wheels of Imagination

Updated on July 5, 2012
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors degree in middle grade education. She is currently teaching high school.

Before Reading

This was written my freshman year of college. We were to talk about our writing style and what type of books captivate us. When writing, I usually do not try to think through my thought process, so this was difficult to write at the time. The last sentence in this essay is basically the best explanation about how I write.


Anyone can write a book. It takes an author to tell us a story. Only a great author can make a story come to life inside our minds. They create an opportunity to go on a journey to another city, state, country, world without leaving our bed. We are allowed entrance into the world of the author’s mind meeting the resident that occupies this space. We begin this process with the learning of the alphabet whether it is the Spanish, French, English, or Braille alphabet. After we are able to comprehend words, sound, and the structure of written language, we begin with books like The Hungry Caterpillar and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. The mystical, fantastical worlds Dr. Seuss and many child authors create stimulate a child’s mind with creativity and an abstract type of thinking. As we grow older, books start to lose illustrations, the font and paper become smaller, while length becomes longer. Our minds develop with more challenging books. We learn through reading how to construct a sentence to capture a reader’s interest. Too many adjectives make the reader less interested. Little use of adjectives does not give the reader an accurate picture of the plot and characters.

Books have always been part of my life. Characters in these books have become my friends. Even characters I have not read in a while like Amelia Bedelia and Junie B. Jones are still there with me. My favorite genre to read at the moment is mystery, especially murder mystery. Mystery started out with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys solving their small town mysteries at a young age. Mystery has not been a popular genre for teenagers, especially with the growth of fantasy books. My favorite mystery writers are Agatha Christie and Lisa Jackson. Agatha Christie gave the readers the facts that she wanted. Her readers try to solve the mystery along with her forgetting that she is holding information back. When they get to find out who done it, they never see it coming. And Then There Were None is a fabulous example of not being able to guess the murderer. It was a very compelling, suspenseful novel. I just finished Lisa Jackson’s novel Without Mercy. The story follows the life of a young woman who is teaching at an exclusive academy where her adolescent sister was sent for reformation. Students are starting to turn up dead and her sister is being blamed. The sister along with her ex-boyfriend, the detective on the case, tries to solve the murder and clear her younger sister’s name. This book gives the reader romance, suspense, and an ending no one would be able to predict. The suspense and the puzzle solving are what draw me to these novels. They help me deal with problem solving strategies and reading between the lines.

Currently, though, I am riding the bandwagon with the book Awakened, book eight of the House of Night series. This novel continues the story of the remarkable vampire fledgling Zoey Redbird and her friends trying to defeat the dark high priestess Neferet from controlling the world with Darkness. This is all I can really say about the book without ruining the first seven. P.C. Cast co-writes this series with her daughter Kristin Cast creating a chemistry not seen in P.C. Cast other books. With Kristin helping her mother write the story, the book is able to relate to teenagers desires and realities.

Fantasy books are very imaginative and descriptive. I try to write in a similar fashion, but I write more like the mystery books I am fond of. They are more to the point, but descriptive when needed to. I believe that description is not what pulls the mind in, but a strong narrator which is what mystery books have. I like to get to the point, defend it as best as I can, and be finished. My major problem is the beginning. I put a lot of thought in the beginning of the paper. This paper had four other variations of the introduction before I chose the one I have now. Once the beginning is done, the rest of the words flow from my fingers onto the page.

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    • A K Turner profile image

      Joseph A K Turner 

      6 years ago from West Yorkshire

      pinned it :-) great article

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you. I believe that everyone has the capability to imagine. I think details throw a lot of people away from reading yet they can sit through a movie. I like books that make me think along the way not just tell me what is going on.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I can see why this hub won the Hubnugget Award. This line in particular struck at home for me: "Only a great author can make a story come to life inside our minds. They create an opportunity to go on a journey to another city, state, country, world without leaving our bed." I'm working on a book of my own, so it's really important for me to understand what it would take as a first time author to ask someone to devote their time and read the words I have for them on the pages. I get the impression that you have a real understanding of sparking one's desire to use their imaginations without the need of pictures in front of them. That takes some serious dedication and I admire that quality. Your piece is very thought provoking and best of all a major inspiration for aspiring writers. Time to share this work!

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      Mary Juett 

      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I know what you mean. I have a huge amount of respect for Stephen King. He is a writer with a talent I don't think I could ever come close to matching. But I have a hard time with his books because of the large amount of description he uses. He does illustrate the scene great with his words, but I'm more of an instant gratification kind of person, lol. My attention span can't hold on that long anymore.

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Yes, I like it for that reason, but when they describe the whole scene my eyes glaze over and I just want to use the book as a coaster.

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      Mary Juett 

      6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I think my favorite line in your hub is "They are more to the point, but descriptive when needed to." What I love about this is a good author provides just enough description to give you an idea of what needs to be present in the scene, but allows the readers mind to fill in the rest of the blanks. I always crack up at my family when a book turns into a movie and they complain the characters don't look like they imagined, lol. Thanks for sharing!

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I dont know, but I hope one day to have my own book published. :)

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      Beata Stasak 

      6 years ago from Western Australia

      travel on your imaginative wings far and wide, so far it took you to the land of nomination, where else you can fly?

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you! I am very excited about this achievement. :)

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      Deborah 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Congrats on your Hubby! This is a great hub and written very well. You must be so proud. Rock on!

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      mykhushi 

      6 years ago from Karnataka

      @HLkeeley very nicely captured the things..... I reli njoy reading books..

      thank you for bringing the wheels of imagination into reality :)

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you Ripplemaker! I read our article and it was great. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      A heartfelt salute to all the writers who are able to turn the wheels of our imagination. They have taught, entertained and brought life many things and allowed me to enjoy books at a young age! :)

      Congratulations to your Hubnuggets nomination! Do check it out http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hub/HubNuggets-... and read and vote! Wheeee...

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This method was working for me until I started picking up books that are like the fifth one in a series I have not read yet.

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This method was working for me until I started picking up books that are like the fifth one in a series I have not read yet.

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      Craig Suits 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Well done Heather. You detail a lot of things many of us poorer readers never even think about.

      "Yeah hey! that's a cool cover, I'll read this one I guess."

      There's a lot more to it isn't there.

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you as the summer is starting to wind down and an opportunity for a job has arisen. I will not be able to write at the same pace anymore. But I will continue to write!

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      dulcegaede 

      6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      There are so many different ways to write, just as there are so many different stories to tell. There definitely is no right or wrong way to do it. Your hub is interesting and shares insight into who you are and how you process information to get it out there. Thank you for sharing! And, I'm so impressed that you have so many hubs in such a short time! Keep letting the words flow! Great job!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome!

    • HLKeeley profile imageAUTHOR

      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you Lord and Josh!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Like you mentioned in the beginning the last sentence was a great summary of how you write and an excellent one at that! Leting words flow freely is the best way to write in my opinion. I totally agree with your style of writing! Great hub Keeley! :)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Story tellers we are, with different ways to touch someone hearts. Imagination with no limits can make us accomplish a task in a few minutes. Great article, and it defines a turning point in your interest to become a wonderful writer Keeley! Great job!

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