Wednesday, 10 April 2013

H is for....House Rules

H is for House Rules

I've caught myself thinking about it when I'm daydreaming; taking a shower, cleaning the house, cooking dinner... and even when I really should be concentrating on something a little more important. That's when you know it's a fabulous book. I'm amazed at how caught up I am in Jodi Picoult's works; she draws you into the story as if you are standing in the middle of it all, witnessing everything first hand.
I'm not done yet, I have about a hundred pages to go, and I can't wait to delve into it once again. I've been trying to predict how it will all turn out since about a quarter of the way through, and as I draw close to the end, each page I turn I feel like this page is the one where everything will revealed, but then she feeds you just a little bit, just enough for you to want more.
I would love to write a book. But what I would love even more is the ability to write a great book. As I have been reading, I have paid a little more attention than usual to her writing style. I have noted how she develops the plot, the characters, and how she develops each scene so that if you closed your eyes you could have a vision of the scene itself, and see how the characters are basically real people.
I thought about how much work it must take for the writer, about how many hours are dedicated to research so that the story is rich in content, and so that the characters are as alive as you and me.
I wonder if I would be able to do this one day.
There is a picture of Jodi on the back of her book, and every time I see it, I feel her eyes staring at me. Maybe she is telling me "You can do it too!". I like to think so, but then, doesn't everyone? I look back at her and think, "I wish I could write like you. I wish I had your skills...and your imagination and creativity".
Maybe I do have it, maybe I just need to work really really hard to find it, just like she did.


  1. I just put it in my wish list, thanks! I think some of us need to work really hard to figure out where it resides in us, and then it comes naturally after that to some extent. Then you have to work hard at other aspects. :)

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  2. I love to read . . . I will have to check out this fabulous book you write about! I would love to be able to write, I mean TRULY write. But, I don't think that's one of my talents :) New follower here from A to Z!