Monday, May 15, 2006

Sunday Scribblings

This week's prompt is "the books I would write..."

This is a great idea, a wonderful brainstorming exercise for all of us who enjoy words. I never have a problem with coming up with ideas, my issue is actually with moving past the idea and putting words to it. I would write a book for children, one where they learn about the world and other cultures, without feeling like they were reading a textbook- giving them a chance to be more open minded and understanding of our differences and similarities. A chance to see what its like being a kid in another country. I would love to write a book like Nick Bantock, full of letters they could pull out and hold, postcards and journal entries- the child could then feel part of the adventure.
I would write a book encouraging others to travel the world, to see who they are on grander scale, what they can handle and accomplish outside of their comfort zone. I would write about how you can go from being a homebody who gets homesick sleeping over at her neighbour's house to traveling the entire globe. I would write a book from the perspective of an inanimate object making its way around the world (ie.backpack, journal, boots, etc), see it from a new perspective. I'd love to write a book about traveling and food, two of my favorite things. Or a book about surviving the reverse culture shock of coming home after being away for awhile in another part of the world- it's the one thing they forget to tell you about! (All this traveling must be good material for something!)
I would write a historical novel, so I could spend hours researching about a world I never lived in, making it my own despite the distance of centuries. A story of a woman surviving in a world where she isn't seen as a real person. Or a family trying to endure the hardships of living in a place like London, with little money or hope of a better life. Or a book about some of my favorite historical figures, all meeting for lunch and having a chat about life in their times, their perceptions, what is similar and different and why they think it may be. Step outside reality a bit.
I would write a book like Joanne Harris, or Audrey Niffenegger, or Barbara Kingsolver, or Michael Ondaatje, or Dorothy Dunnet, or Bill Bryson or Jodi Picoult, or Jeffrey Eugenides...I could go on and on!! They are the best escape into another world, from your own world. Books have played such a big role in my life, I could only dream of having that sort of effect on someone else through my own writing. I've already written a story for my nephew and nieces, about a farm near my parents' place where we all spent the summer together, so hopefully I can at least keep that audience happy!!
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7 comments:

Maggie said...

Oh M, I love your ideas so much. Especially about the little girl getting homesick at her neighbors (I was totally that girl!), and the historical fiction about the woman who isn't seen as a real peson. They're a little juvenile, but if you have a chance, pick up any historical fiction by Ann Rinaldi. She writes about brave, daring young women in historical circumstances. I loved them in 8th and 9th grade, and I must admit to still loving them now! oxoxo
(P.S. The book that I would write for my sister would be for my older sister, who chose to not be in my life for 6 years...perhaps something I will one day delve into.)

Maggie said...

Also, you should read "Her Fork in the Road: Women Celebrate Food and Travel," edited by Lisa Bach. It's wonderful to read at the close of my first big travel adventure and I feel like you would like it too.

Laini said...

What wonderful ideas! The thought of going from a homebody to a world traveler is one I would love to read, and more about your travels. I also love the interactivity of Nick Bantok's books -- and you mentioned Dorothy Dunnet. I LOVE her Niccolo books but I don't know anybody else who has read them except my mom. Have you? Talk abour research. It's like Dunnet LIVED in the 1400s!

Letha Sandison said...

All wonderful ideas, I can't wait to read them when you're done!!

Jennifer said...

I like the idea of using an inanimate object for perspective. And you've inspired me to want to write stories for my children, nieces and nephews...

paris parfait said...

You have some really great ideas for books, especially the girl who goes from being homesick to traveling the world (although as a child I was never homesick); I, too like Nick Bantock's books - there's something about the romance of handwritten messages with exotic stamps. I'd be interested to read your books!

liz elayne said...

oh i want to read these books that you will write. i hope you get started soon.
i love nick bantock's books and one for children...that would be wondrous. get started please.