Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Notes: "Pen on Fire", by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

I just finished this (quite enjoyed it, too!), and while I'd like to go back and take a closer look at some of the exercises, I first wanted to jot down a couple of quotations from it that I particularly liked:

Good first lines hook the reader. They also hook the writer.

So true! Get a first line intriguing enough, and you can't help but write the rest.

And I appreciated this, an excerpt from an interview with Jodi Picoult:

When I write, I never feel particularly creative. Instead, I see a succession of scenes in my head that, apparently, it's my job to translate into words so that everyone else can see them, too.

That's exactly how it feels to me, but I've never heard it put so well.

"Pen on Fire" was a nice surprise I happened upon during the holiday season. It was interesting but still easy-going, and exactly what I was in the mood for.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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2 comments:

usha sharma said...
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Sherry said...

The book sounds practical, and if I ever get a good first line or a scene or two, I'l think about turning it all into a best seller:)