One Liner Wednesday and #JusJoJan – On Writing

When I do not believe in the characters someone writes about, I will not go along for the ride. When I know immediately where the writer is going, I will move on rather than visiting somewhere I’ve already been. It’s time time to start a new book.

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
Stephen King

The first book, the one that swept me away, the one that inspired me to write was Charlotte’s Web. Do you remember yours?

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14 thoughts on “One Liner Wednesday and #JusJoJan – On Writing”

  1. When I read ‘Catcher In The Rye’, I was around 14 years old, and completely indentified with Holden Caulfield. I have certainly never forgotten that book, which I could not put down until I had finished reading it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I was surprised to read Holden Caufield appears in a number of Salinger’s works. It’s been a while since I read it, but I’m not sure I could relate to the character as much. I can see how it would be different for you, though, at that age. What a great classic.

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  2. I was utterly captured by “Betsy, Tacy and Tib.” I was in second grade and read every book with “Betsy” in the title. In the 1950’s there were a lot of them. Looking back I don’t know why that book grabbed me, but I read it over and over again.

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    1. Elizabeth, I was not familiar with the books so I did a little research. Did you know a group of adult readers managed to get the publisher to republish the first four books? They were also featured in a scene in the movie You’ve Got Mail. Fascinating.

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  3. I was introduced to literary science fiction when my fourth grade teacher read “A Wrinkle in Time” to the class. I was sold from then on.

    The inspiration for me to write, though, came from a music video that came out in 1984: Rick Springfield’s “Bop Till You Drop.” That was the first story I wrote down in a notebook, over two years.

    Back then, I thought it was perfect. Rereading it years later, I could see it needed an extreme makeover, so I gave it one. I might publish it down the line at some point…

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