Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

BTT: Is this the real life

From Booking Through Thursday this week:

I am paraphrasing from a friend’s Facebook wall her question:
“How would a teen-age boy who is going to work with his hands ever use Literature of England in his work?”
The age-old “How am I going to use this in real life?” question. How would you answer it?

Participants this week are writing some wonderful answers. For the sake of time, I’m going steal mine. From one of the writing craft books I’m working through (yes, it’s true, the answer to the question about reading is in … a book):

From The Anatomy of Story by John Truby:

Stories don’t show the audience* the “real world”; they show the story world. The story world isn’t a copy of life as it is. It’s life as human beings imagine it could be. It is human life condensed and heightened so that the audience can gain a better understanding of how life itself works.

*Note: The book is billed as a screenwriting book (hence the use of audience), but it applies to all types of stories.

Books, literature, stories teach us empathy. What’s that old saying? You never really know someone until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. Literature lets us do that. Never mind cultural literacy, I believe reading can make us better people.

Plus, having a passing familiarity with the Western Canon means you don’t have to have people explain song lyrics to you.


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Happy Book Release Day: The Locket by Stacey Jay

2009 Deb Stacey Jay has a new YA novel out today:

 The Locket

What if you got a second chance to fix your worst mistake?

What if you found out miracles could happen?

What if you found out that sometimes, miracles are curses in disguise…

One girl, two boys, and one very scary piece of jewelry.

Read the prologue here. Congrats to Stacey! This looks like a fabulous book!

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