Merry Christmas! Today’s the last day of our book review and tips… day ten of ten. I like writing things like this, but I think I’m better at going into more relatable problems in writing.
Since I’m editing, this was sort of way to go back and check on all of our stories. By looking at things in successful books, we can see if we are doing something wrong. And remember, just because we might do something differently from all of those successful and famous authors doesn’t mean it is wrong. It’s just different. And that’s good.
That’s why we write. To make us happy. And most of the time it isn’t fun if we are just copying others in order to make our stories better.
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I read Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer in middle school as a summer reading assignment, and back then I didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have, but now I can see how this is a prime example for writing tips. Now, I see how genius it is and actually want to reread it.
This is a historical novel, taking place during World War II. The story is told through the perspectives of two different people, and is actually a true story. Born just miles away from each other, Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck live very different lives. Helen is a German Jew, and is sent off to Auschwitz extermination camp, and Alfons is a high-ranking soldier in the Hitler Youth, ready to fight (and die) for Hitler and the Nazi movement. The story leads through both of their lives, up until after the war when they publicly met. These two perspectives show what it was like during the war from both sides, and how they saw each other.
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Can you believe that this is book 8 out of 10 for writing tips? We’re almost done, and then back to normal writing posts! I’ve had so much fun reviewing these books and pulling tips from them… I’ve actually gotten into a habit of making mental notes about writing while I pleasure-read. It’s a writer thing. And a nerdy thing.
I’m proud of it. But it also drives me a little crazy. There’s no off switch for us writers… always at work!
Today’s book choice for writing tips is 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book is really deep… like seriously deep. It kept me on the edge of my seat and takes a different approach to telling a tragic story.
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Yes, I picked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It has a ton of great writing tips in it, and even four or so years after it came out, it is still extremely popular. When I first read it, I actually read the entire trilogy in three days, not stopping to do anything else. The story was amazing, of course, or I wouldn’t be using it for tips. Overall, Collins definitely hit the jackpot with this one.
I’m sure you know what this book is about, so I’ll keep my description brief. This is a dystopian novel that features Panem, a nation made up of a rich capitol and twelve districts that provide and are left starving with only the bare minimum to survive. These districts are reminded of the uprisings nearly 74 years ago with the Hunger Games. Each district reaps a boy and girl between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in an arena for the capitol’s entertainment, and the winning district gets food.
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Today’s book for writing tips is The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book is young adult fantasy, but it isn’t overdone. It isn’t some kind of repeat of every vampire love story or magic school. Honestly, the story captivated me from the beginning and I loved the development of the characters and world.
I actually am kind of obsessed with this series. I can relate to the characters and the plot twists are surprising. Even if I see one coming, it still finds a way to surprise me.
The City of Bones takes place in modern day NYC, where there is a whole other world behind what we see as normal. Shadow hunters, who hunt and kill demons, can’t be seen by the mortal eye. Clary is the main character, a teenager living with her mom, and soon enough she begins to see the shadow hunters, discovering that her memories were tampered with and that her entire past is part of this other world. Her mother is taken by someone who is feared more than anything in this world, and she joins the shadow hunters to get her back and defeat this dangerous guy–Valentine. And he is a huge part of Clary’s past, too.
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Today’s book for writing tips is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. This book is one of the ones that have a unique part in my heart because it is so well written. And not just well written, the story. Oh my god, it’s such a great story.
TFIOS follows the love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has cancer, and Augustus Waters, who lost his leg to cancer. They meet in an adorably awkward cancer support group meeting, and I can’t tell you how beautiful this story is. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you appreciate life all that much more.
A lot more happens in the book, but you have to read it to find out. I’m telling you. It’s worth it.
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Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback in the comments and on twitter! I love all of you so much for the support and words of wisdom. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve not felt like writing a post and then read what you wrote and it helped me to keep going.
Laziness is hard.
Also, fellow blogger Jim Vines interviewed me for his blog! I know, it’s crazy. I’ll have the post linked at the end and might even post the actual interview on my blog for everyone, too.
Today’s book is Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book needs no introduction, but I’ll give one anyway. That’s what I’m here for. Honestly, this book captivated me from the very beginning and I just fell in love with the idea. I read it… three years ago? Somewhere around there. It was great. I distinctly remember reading under my desk in English… Goodreads links at the end.
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So today’s tips on writing will be based on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I recently read this book and it is still stuck in my head because of how honest and clever it is. As always, the Goodreads links will be at the end.
Fangirl is about a girl named Cath who is going into college with her twin sister, Wren. But there’s a difference between them. They used to both love writing fan fiction about the Simon Snow series, but only Cath is still obsessed. Anyway, the whole story is about her writing the last book to this series before the real last book comes out.
I love this book because it reminds us writers how amazing writing is and how real it can be. I’m not kidding. The characters she writes about, Simon and Baz, were even more real to me than my own characters by the end of the book. And then I found out that Rowell came out with the book that Cath actually wrote.
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For this post, I’m going to be using The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes as an example. This book is captivating and intriguing, pulling me in until the very end. Barnes has a twisted angle to tell her story and it all connects in the end. I read it in one sitting, and all I can say is that it’s definitely something that I would read again. And again.
The Naturals is about a girl named Cassie who grew up with a mother who was a psychic. She learned from an early age to read people and pay attention to the little things and what they might mean about the people they relate to. It’s all about reading the crowd. Her mother is murdered, and she goes to live with family. That is, until the FBI comes and offers to let her into the Naturals program. It’s a secret program that is training kids with useful abilities like her to solve cold cases.
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Holiday special! Actually, a two week long holiday special! For the next two weeks of blogs, I will be writing a different kind of blog post… don’t worry. It’s still about writing. And reading.
I will be writing a book review each day. But not a typical book review. I’m pretty much going to be choosing a new book each day that I’ve read and has been successful in some way, then giving tips on writing based off of that book. I’ll pull out things about the book that make people want to read it more, or the parts that really stuck out to me as a writer.
Let’s get started.
So today’s book is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’ll have links to the Goodreads pages of the author and book at the end.
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