Musings, Writing

The power of writing

Following on from our discussion about stress relief, I’ve pulled out my laptop today as it rains outside to get some writing done and pop in on here of course. Writing helps my stress levels it sucks me into another world, a world I have power over, which is completely different to the real world where I usually feel like someone is against me πŸ™‚

I’ve been thinking about the power of books as I attempt to write one of my own. I recently finished “Prom and Prejudice” by Elizabeth Eulberg. I enjoyed it so much, I was compelled to leave a comment on her Facebook page. She did reply which is always nice and I would definitely recommend taking a look at the book – if you’re a Jane Austen fan like me, you can’t help but love it. I like the idea of paying homage to writers I love but I don’t think I’d do it justice but I think Miss Eulberg has a skill for it. I hope one day I can make someone smile as they turn the last page pf one of my books, that’s a goal that keeps me hammering away against my keyboard today. I’m writing two books at once right now, maybe one will take over soon but they’re both so different that I’m quite happy seeing where they both lead right now.

Of course another one of my writing idols has been all over the media lately. It’s the last Harry Potter film, boo! I’m waiting to se it with my mum on our week off in August so am avoiding reviews with spoilers although I obviously know the ending already πŸ™‚ Tonight over here is a behind the scenes show which I’m excited to watch. It’s curry and HP tonight for me – a perfect combo I think πŸ™‚ It’s the end of an ear but HP will always be with us and I look forward to see what JK does next, especially as she’s moved on from her literary agent, which says to me she has a new project ready. Long live Harry!

I also finished the next books in the Mortal Instruments and Fallen series – City of Fallen Angels and Passion respectively. I was sucked in to both these books. Fallen Angels was easier to read than the previous three books and reignited my excitement for this series. Passion also piqued my interest in the final book of the four-part series, I can’t wait to read it. Definitely check out these series if you like YA paranormal takes, they are well worth reading. I’m now picking up Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, the sequel to Raised by Wolves.

Moving from reading a contemporary YA to a supernatural one is interesting as the two books I’m writing cover both genres. I always thought I’d concentrate on writing a supernatural one as I am so passionate about them but I’m enjoying the challenge of a contemporary story that I can’t rely on a myth back story to flesh out. We’ll see how they turn out!

I shall love you and leave you now to get back to my writing.

Have you ever written to an author to tell them you enjoyed their book?


28 thoughts on “The power of writing”

  1. I never have written and author, but I should. I’m sorry I lost track of reading your manuscript. I can pick it up again now if you would like (no reflection on the manuscript, life just got in the way).

    I saw Harry Potter last night. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say the ending (meaning the 19 years later) works better on screen than on the page. I was surprised by that, since I hated it when I read it (the ending that is).

  2. Yes, I have written to many authors to tell them I really loved their books. And these days people are very friendly and sensible, so most of them replied to me very kindly. Wish you all the best with the two books you are writing. I hope to read Prom and Prejudice too.

  3. I have! I wrote Sonya Sones to tell her how much Stop Pretending had moved me, including a link to Six Hands, and was so delighted when she wrote back. LOVE.

    I also copied Allison McGhee a copy of my Amazon book review of Someday, which ended up being awesome. She’d actually seen the review independently and tried to hunt me down off that. Allison and Sonya’s responses just lifted my heart in a way that continues many months later in one case, and weeks later in the other.

    I’ve written a few other authors throughout the years, but Bette Green (author of Summer of My German Soldier) was the first. I was required to write her for 7th grade literature class, but was the only student to which she responded in the many years my teacher assigned that letter. πŸ™‚

    I think it’s always nice to hear we’ve had an impact on someone. So if the book is right, I’ll absolutely say something!

  4. I’ve written to several authors to tell them how much I enjoyed their works but I’ve never gotten a reply back. I’m actually working on a letter to write to JK Rowling to let her know how much shes’ changed my life right now! I too am excited to see what she’s gonna do next! By the way, you’ll enjoy the Harry Potter movie and you’ll want to avoid my post tomorrow too because it’ll be a review of the movie. Today’s post kinda has a spoiler but it’s mostly just if you haven’t read the book, I’m not giving away any new info! πŸ™‚
    Good luck on writing your books! I would definitely buy them!

  5. I wish I had the nerve to write Julia Roberts…but…I don’t
    Enough of this introspection…get to it now…write

  6. That is very cool that you wrote and received a reply!
    I wrote to an author in the 80’s, but can’t recall his name now. Never heard back.

  7. People made fun of me for avoiding spoilers! They didn’t understand how I could be *spoiled* when I already know the ending. Glad you know what I’m saying!

  8. I’ve never written to an author. I do appreciate how authors can weave a tale that takes me out of reality and plunks me into the story as if I’m right there with the characters.

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