Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Will I Ever Write Like That?

I just finished reading "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. If you haven't read it, you really should. It was so good - I couldn't put it down. When I came to the end and found out that it is a trilogy, I was so bugged. I wanted more and I felt nervous and twitchy all day like there was something I should be doing, but something was keeping me from doing it. Wow! I can only dream of writing a book that will have this affect on people.
When I sat down to do my own writing (which I have been neglecting of late) it just looked so amateurish and terrible. So I gave up and didn't write anything for the rest of the day. This morning I reread a chapter that I had written awhile ago and I realized it wasn't terrible. In fact it was pretty good. I am only on the first draft. I need to remember that. There had to be days when Suzanne Collins, or any good author that I love, felt like their writing was utter garbage too. The finished product is what we see, but I know that authors have a pile of rewrites sitting in a notebook or a computer file. I know this is true because I have seen pictures of many writers rough drafts that they posted on their blogs.
I just hope that I can keep going and allow myself to suck so that one day, I too can get to the fantastic finish.

1 comment:

Tawnni Jensen said...

Of course you can write like that. Anyone can be a good writer. At my conference I met an author named Bron Bahlmann. He wrote this cool book called Bone Warriors. It sounds so cool and I can't wait to read it. Here's the really cool part. He's fifteen. See? Anyone can be a good writer, just keep working at it.