Writing today is different than it was in the olden days - we are so technical in this time and age, I am writing this blog post on a computer where centuries ago there was no such thing. We have mobile phones and the internet. Knowledge has evolved quickly and the way we handle it just as fast, like how we can go straight to Wikipedia, or ask Google.
Historically a lot of information was told verbally - grandparents telling your parents, and your parents telling you. We have been very lucky to be able to get knowledge into books (and now eBooks), and to hold onto what was taught before us.
Sometimes I like how writing has evolved. I have an ereader (but I do and always will prefer the printed book). I do like pen and paper, but prefer the keyboard most of the time.
Writing in the old days was actually symbols and drawings in caves and upon the earth. Early writing was called cuneiform and consisted of making specific marks in wet clay with a reed implement. We didn’t have paper back then, and scrolls, which were very large, were made out of cloth like thin bed linen.
The amazing webcomic Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag is now available in print form!
Here's three reasons to read it, whatever format it's in:
1. Superheroes! Alison Green suffers from Autonomic Somadynamism - also known as super-strength. She spent her teenage years as Mega Girl, fighting supervillains and saving the world.
2. Because this isn't your ordinary superhero story. When Mega Girl realised that she actually has no idea what she's doing, she decided to live as Alison Green, regular human and college student. In her words:
'I'm supposed to fight crime, but I don't even know how laws get passed! ...I stopped taking social studies when I was like fifteen!
...Am I the only one who's scared that people are looking to me for answers because I can lift a car over my head?! This is crazy!'
For NaNoWriMo this year I'm hosting some write-ins specially for teens, in Melbourne, at the State Library of Victoria. (Details here.)
This Saturday 22 November, 12pm-2.30pm, I'll be joined in the Library Dome by special guest Michael Pryor! Michael's latest book is Machine Wars, and he also the talent behind many, many other books including the amazing Laws of Magic series, and The Exrtaordinaires series.
Before the big day, though, I'm asking Michael all the big questions...
Hi Michael! Tell us all about yourself!
I’ve written thirty-four books, mostly fantasy and SF, ranging from epic fantasy to Steampunk to near-future adventures. I love a good story. I think that imagination is one of most powerful assets and that reading can help cultivate it.
My latest book is Machine Wars, where two young heroes try to prevent a murderous robot uprising – with only a robo-duck for help.
What is your experience with NaNoWriMo?
I’ve watched NaNoWriMo from its inception, but I’ve never participated as I’ve been too busy writing my own novels, which usually don’t fit neatly into November…
With schools in the last term of the year, I wonder what type of reading and writing you are doing at the moment. Most students experience writing and reading as stacks of homework, or endless textbooks that don’t mean anything. There is a lot of pressure to memorise and understand it all for exams. But reading and writing is much more than that, and I hope your school encourages you to see the pleasure of reading and writing.
By doing your own creative writing, and/or pleasurable reading on the weekends or during holidays, you can express something of your own, or read about other people’s experiences. Don’t let schooling make reading and writing stressful or a strain to you. Because once you have the tools to understand the basics of writing, the grammar and spelling will flow easily and you can discover the true power of it for yourself.
One of the best ways I find to write regularly is to keep a diary or a notebook. Write your thoughts and feelings, what you do each day, or anything that is special or important to you.
It's Friday - time to pop the paws up, lay back and relax. Ahh...that's good.
1. I'm reading: Laurinda
Last month's writer in residence Alice Pung has delved into the world of mean girls, private schools and toxic relationships in her first fictional novel. It's a great exploration of the world we're all familiar with, and you can win copies of it here!
2. I'm watching: The Duff sneak peek
Kody Keplinger's tale of high school woe is getting a comedic adaptation and I am not really sure how I feel about that.
How about you?
Typically I would share a video that makes my tail wag but today I am going to do something a little different. I love Roald Dahl...though he never had enough dogs in his stories for my taste.
And the casting is just about perfect...
Both Twilight and Hush, Hush are four part books series. Twilight is a supernatural romance with vampires and werewolves. Hush, Hush is a supernatural romance with angels.
The Twilight books are: Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; and Breaking Dawn. In 2005 Twilight was the most talked about novel. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
In 2008 the first book was turned into a movie, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Robert Patterson as Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black. The film debuted at #1 in the box office; and the rest of the books were soon adapted into movies as well.
Stephanie Meyer has had us on a rollercoaster ride to know which side Bella would stay on - would she be with Jacob, the loyal childhood friend, or the very mesmerizing Edward?
Edward’s estranged family turn out to be vampires, and as Bella falls harder for Edward she is placed more and more at risk.
1. I'm reading: The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
I cannot get enough of David's beautiful writing, so I'm delving into his archives. In this one you get to meet twenty characters from the same school. Some of the stories connect, some stand alone. Some are about love. Some are about hate. All of them make my insides ache.
2. I'm watching: Nothing Much to Do
All the Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans are already all over this webseries, yes?
It's Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, if Shakespeare was currently finishing high school. And a New Zealander. There's bossy Beatrice, lovely Hero, perfect Pedro, singing Balthazar, and the perfectly irritating (or is that, IRRITATINGLY PERFECT?) Benedick.
AND it's made by a group of people all under 21 years of age, so - how awesome is that?!