Book review series to come

For the past several months I’ve been getting in touch with myself as a person and, more importantly, as a writer. I wanted to know what made me tick and what sorts of things were most important to me, both as a writer and as a someone who values a good book. In doing this, I’ve spent a lot of time reading. Reading both new things and old favorites, and it’s led me to do a great deal of thinking. I’d like to start sharing those thoughts. Whether anyone really cares, I don’t know but I’d like to put some of my opinions down anyway.

 

So in the coming weeks and possibly months, I will be starting a series of book reviews. These will not necessarily be the sort of reviews one normally reads. For starters, I’m not going to give general summaries. I’m not going to half ass my thoughts just so that it’s spoiler free. These will be in depth conversations, whether anyone chooses to read or participate or ignore them.

 

One of my favorite authors whose books will certainly be reviewed, John Green, has a saying. Books belong to their readers. If you’ve never heard this before, it basically means that the things you imagine while reading, and the connections you make, are just as important as the ones the author intended. So I’ll be exploring my own connections to the works which have moved me most over the course of the my life and the past few years.

 

Some of the books I plan to review include, the works of John Green, the Harry Potter series and Beedle the Bard, the Uglies series, We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson, among others.

 

Beyond the scope of these reviews, I also have a few other fiction related posts coming soon as well. While I work on these, I’d like to encourage you, fellow writers, to look back at the fiction you most treasure and to get back to this fundamental part of being a writer that too many of us seem to forget. Being a reader.

 

 

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Midnight Musings – Taking inspiration from dreams and nightmares

This morning I woke up shaking. My heart raced in my chest and a cold sweat seeped through my blankets. I lay beneath the covers, only my eyes visible to the room, terrified, both of what I’d just seen and the strange noises that occur in ones home that are never a problem until you’re alone in the dark.

Minutes passed and still I couldn’t shake the fear that lodged itself in my stomach. I wanted to sleep again, my eyes heavy, but with just the barest of blinks I could see the terrors, and the hear the screaming.

There was no way I could go back to sleep.

So I did the next best, most logical thing. I pulled my laptop onto my bed and wrote about it.

No matter who  you are or where you come from, everyone dreams and whether good or bad, dreams can provide some great inspiration for creative individuals everywhere. Certainly artists and writers tend to benefit the most from dreams and nightmares, though I would wager that while artists can capture one individual scene particularly well, it’s harder for them to capture a story through one image. Writers on the other hand can transcribe large chunks of a dream and then use our super powers of deduction to come up with a reasonable plot and some wayward characters to follow.

This method of taking stories based on dreams and nightmares is certainly not a new one, what with some of the great writers having done just that. Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Stephenie Meyer (just kidding, I’m pretty sure, when she said Twilight was a dream that she had, she meant a wet one). In any case it’s clear that this resource can spawn some really interesting creations.

I’ve currently got a handful of terrifying pages whose plot is quickly solidifying in my mind, but it led me to wonder about the rest of you.

How often do you find inspiration in your sleep?

Any full books come out of those midnight ramblings?

Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Scribbles.