Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Books That Changed My Life Part 3 (The Halloween Version)
You didn't think I'd leave out this one, did you?
I saved this one to discuss in a post all by itself. Not because it's the best, or it's my favorite (because asking me what my favorite is would be like asking me to pick a favorite kid!), but because I was just really blown away by this book.
This one, I wanted to read. Not for any reason except the buzz factor. There was lots of buzz. I succumbed, and I'm so glad I did.
What I learned from Neil (yes, we are on a first name basis) was perhaps the simplest, yet the most complex rule of all: Embrace the distinction between what you put in and what you leave out. I mean, choosing what to leave out in a story is just as important as deciding what to put in. In some ways, it's the same decision. Yin and yang and all that. Because for everything that happens in the story, there's other stuff that happened that the writer didn't put in.
And yet, the story actually seems more whole because of what wasn't said....
On to other things:
Okay, so last Spring at our school's Multicultural Fair, I was auctioned off...well, my storytelling talents were auctioned off. Now it's time to pay the piper..... For a Halloween party! Now, I know lots of scary stories, but I am always on the lookout for something new, something that's not too scary (kids are my audience) but something that delivers. So, if you have any ideas, let me know.
Blogger....? Wha? I mean, I was "The Underliner" a few weeks ago....now I am the Giantess of the Font? Come on!! Shrink, I say! Shrink!
Posted by storyqueen at 8:16 PM