For the first time (ever!) we’re joining in with the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain. A little nervous, but we’ll see how it goes.
I grew up reading marvelous historical fiction novels. You know, the famous kind. Newberry award winners. I’m convinced that’s what started me writing. But started is different to changed, so I won’t talk about Mara, Daughter of the Nile or Moccasin Trail or Murder for Her Majesty.
I’ll talk about The Hunger Games.
I read it around about the time I became the library’s hugest devotee. I discovered authors who are alive today (fancy that!) and authors who are still completing series (wow!) and debut authors and…teen authors. They all changed the way I thought about my writing.
But I can pinpoint that exact moment, tiny and insecure as it started, when I thought, “I want to write something big. Incredible. Amazing. And in present tense.”
I picked up The Hunger Games because my older sister recommended it. Not in words. She told me about a book I’d like, but she couldn’t remember the name. After beginning blogging and
living frequently visiting the library after a squeaky violin lesson (libraries are great for nerves stretched after high octaves), I brought home a book. “That’s the one!” she said. “That’s what I meant.”
So I began the incredibly murderous journey of a book that completely shattered my reading habits and writing style. Recovery time was long. More dangerous and fascinating books were read. And, with hesitant taps on the keyboard (who am I kidding? I always bash these poor keys) I began writing in present tense.
I really like it here. In the present tense world. With The Hunger Games behind me. I made a list, a little while ago, of 11 Things The Hunger Games taught me. But I’ll only pull one thing from that list:
We didn’t “see” Katniss father die. So why do we care about him? Because of Katniss pain when she thinks about him, or mockingjays, or the songs he sung, or the kind of man he was. A few words about her dad and we start tearing-up with her. We didn’t “see” (and it wasn’t described) the girl who lit the fire one night (while Katniss is in the tree watching) or her death. A single sentence and the tramping away of her predators was enough to give us a pretty creepy picture.
I know The Hunger Games is one of those controversial books that some people fan girl over (or fan boy over, but to be truthful, I haven’t actually heard that term…I’m sure it happens) and others loathe and critisize. Your choice. It changed my writing and, for me, that counts.
January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer
January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina
January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines
January 9th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles
January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.
January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.com – Notebook Sisters
January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl
January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined
January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo
January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response
January 23rd – http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes
January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes
January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)