Friday, February 25, 2011
What's the point?
I really enjoy teaching writing techniques to kids. Yesterday’s discussion started out with the question, “What's the point of writing anyway? What does writing accomplish?” The consensus was, it accomplished many different purposes but one of the most powerful results of narrative writing is the potential to move the reader. The more you move that reader, the better the writing is. Make them laugh, cry, think, get angry, get curious, ignite their imaginations. The bigger the emotion, the better the book. I challenged myself to come up with a list of the books that have moved me the most and here they are. Please add to the list and we’ll see what kind of powerful books we’ve read collectively.
-Mrs. Mike, exceptional because it takes the reader through a range of emotions from happy to horrified.
-Rebecca, created in me a sense of anxiety that lasted until the last page.
-The Five People You Meet In Heaven , powerful and moving
-Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, infuriating and thought provoking
-Frankenstein’s Monster, oooooh, alternately revolted and engrossed me.
-Right Ho, Jeeves, laughter pure and simple, guaranteed