Over these last few weeks, I have committed a large portion of my free-time to reading and writing. I’m glad to say that it’s really going well thanks to these must-haves.
A Journey To Heaven, Alex Malarkey, Books, Christian Books, Christian Literature, Christian Nonfiction, Christian Writing, Church, God, Heaven, Jesus, Kevin Malarkey, Life, Little Boy's Account Of Heaven, Nonfiction Book, Reading, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Writing
I’ll do a review on it later.
I have been writing as long as I can remember. Since I was in first grade in fact. I remember typing my short stories on my cousin’s typewriter, or having my grandmother prepare them for me. She would always make big changes to the stories that I didn’t understand and would become upset about. I remember going to my kindergarten teacher’s class to read my paragraph-long stories to her students. I loved it.
Now that I look back on what kept me writing all of these years, it definitely came from reading. My mother would take me to the learning station to buy books to read and learning booklets to improve my learning skills from home. I would have to thank her for that. She even had a hardcover children’s book made for me. I was the main character, a mermaid, who fell inlove with a Prince. I can’t remember anything more than the plot, but I’m sure you have caught on to the fact that she took the idea from the little mermaid. At the time, I didn’t care. I was more excited that my name was printed in a book.
As I got older I began to read more and write more for school. I enjoyed the periodic book reports, writing assignments, and research projects. I loved constructing well written essays. There was a time where I stopped writing all together and began to focus on television, music, and playing sports. My preteen years.
As much as I loved writing, it’d probably shock you to know that there was a time that I completely dreaded writing. It was in 11th grade. That school year I joined our high school newspaper to start writing more because I had dreams of working with magazines and doing photography. I HATED IT! I didn’t like that I didn’t get the creative freedom to write what ever I wanted to. Depending on the particular time of the year, the students were assigned leads to go after. It was all over the place. 20 of the 30-40 articles that graced the newspaper would be about the same exact topic but from different angles -opinions, teachers’ perspectives, parents’ perspectives, students’ perspectives, and so on. That’s why students would rush to secure sports in the Opinion and Entertainment sections where they would write about their particular interests. I never went after those either. I wanted to write about things that were affecting the school the most and bring awareness to it. Of course that didn’t go well and I was forced to throw something together.
After high school, I began reading more in my leisure time and that began to motivate my writing. Most of the time I would just give my particular feelings or thoughts on a something and not post it anywhere. I would read things that I wasn’t interested in just to provoke thoughts that I had never indulged in. It really broadened my mind.
Now, I blog more and keep a daily diary. The entries start off with a quote of the day and how it pertains to my feelings of the day. It works for me. My novel was even influenced by what I read, which mostly came from newspaper articles.
The roots of my writing came from reading material that stimulated my mind and furthr allowed me to form an imagination to write fiction.
Remember to determine what helps you to formulate ideas and what poses a distraction.
I’m probably on of the worse people to give advice about writing. I literally just write what ever comes into my mind. I read alot -newspapers, books, magazines, blogs. It keeps my brain running. It wasn’t up until recently that I started writing my thoughts on whatever I was reading. I keep a journal to write my thoughts, and I keep another to write about my daily reading. It actually works too. It allows the floodgates to open. I hate being forced to write, which is what I felt like I was doing what I started my blogs, but now it seems easier to do because I have something to actually write about.
Maybe you guys should try it?
Hmmm, I know that this entry is far from what I usually write about but last summer I expressed my thoughts on the possibility of Ebonics being presented on standardized tests, and I’d like to bring this up again. I don’t think that this would EVER happen, but I’m discovering that more and more people feel like that should happen.
Firstly, the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Test are intended to determine a student’s readiness for college and allow colleges to determine how applicants would perform academically at their respective institutions. The writing, the reading, and mathematics portions of both tests are a reflection of the level of course work that a student will be required to study in college. It doesn’t matter if they’re general education courses or remedial courses.
If a student cannot understand or refuses to use “Standard English”, for what ever the reason, how will they be able to succeed academically at any post-secondary institution? That includes the 2-year community colleges who may not require standardized tests. The course material that you learn in college is more difficult than any course offered at high schools. A college is not going to alter an entire course to cater to students when it’d be easier to heighten their admission requirements or not accept that form of testing all together.
For those young hopefuls who aspire to attend college but suffer from the lack of speaking standard English, receiving another form of standardized tests will not be in their favor. In comparison to the tests that are offered right now, modified tests would not allow a student, school, or guidance counselor to identify a student’s weakness in order to them in time for college.
Although I’ve only heard of the option of having the math word problems changed to Ebonics, it does not make sense. If a student cannot read and understand a math problem that focuses more on the numbers than sophisticated words, then how is he or she able to perform on the other sections successfully?
This is solely my opinion but in the real world, I don’t think that many employers will hire someone who cannot communicate effectively.
Aside from Native Son by Richard Wright and 5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, my favorites are Sirens of Titan, Bluebeard, Slapstick, and God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut.
I know his work may be a little weird, but I love his style of writing. 🙂
One of my biggest concerns with writing and publishing a Christian Fiction novel is the uncertainty of how the public will embrace me. Particularly, the believers of Christianity, who would expect an author of Christian publications to be Christian. I am a promoter of peaceful coexistence, and I would consider myself to be a humanist. I choose not to label myself as a Christian author for two reasons: the first, I believe that religion is a commitment, not just a label. The second is that it is hard to transition from one writing genre to another.
I have my own morals, I have my own beliefs. I see so many young people who proclaim their love for God, but act differently. I’ve met the ones with piercings and tattoos and the ones engage in sinful activities during the weekend, then repent on Sunday. Look, my intentions are and will never be to ridicule anyone or their actions. I just don’t want to be one of those people. I don’t need to claim I’m Christian, I’ll let my actions speak for me. I don’t need to boast of my knowledge of the bible, because there is so much more to Christianity than will-power and self-restraint. I don’t want to conduct speeches about God and the Bible at churches, I want to speak to anyone willing to listen about what ever I have to say.
I can be honest when I say that the last time that I attended a church gathering was in 2010. I am spiritual, not religious. I feel like some Christian churches are spiraling out of control. The way that some Christians conduct themselves outside (and sometimes inside) of the church leave me with a negative experience that makes me want to explore a relationship with God on my own. I also feel like when a person constantly emphasizes on his or her Christian beliefs to others, that it gives the general public the opportunity to scrutinize and judge a person based off of their actions; questioning whether each action is Christ-like or not.
My other concern is that I have written other novels that I hope to release which are not based on religion but more so forgiveness and life. I don’t want to be confined to one religious background, race, or gender, nor do I want that to reflect in my writing.
Am I wrong to feel this way?