- Books, Literature, and Writing
The Wheels of Imagination
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.