A Public Declaration of Opinions: AKA My Manifesto
I remember doing book reports on a book we got to choose, based on what we thought was good writing, but that was before I went to middle school and learned what “Required Reading” was. After reading Stranger Than Fiction, by Chuck Palahniuk, I was asked what I believed good writing was. I cannot say that I have ever been asked this question by a professor before. Students are told to read so many books, and some we like, but most we do not. Maybe it was the tone of the book we did not enjoy, or the font size being so small that it made us sigh in disgust every time we flipped the page. But, what do we think good writing is? Based on what ...view middle of the document...
She references home with warmth, because everyone knows the feeling of safety when they get home and the natural warmth that fills us with comfort. The use of imagery helps the reader feel as if they are apart of the story, similar to being in a dream. And like all good dreams, why would we want to wake up or shut the book halfway through. Vivid imagery can be assisted with a good use of uncommon vocabulary.
Vocabulary is not something you have probably thought of recently. We remember learning weekly vocab in primary school, but how many times have you actually used the word ostentatious from that seventh grade quiz. However, the use of vocabulary is a great way to keep a reader interested, or absorbed, in your writing. Using vocabulary that is not in our every day dialogue pushes us to view things in different aspects. In a quote from Twilight, the first book of Meyer’s saga, the main character tells us:
“In fact, I was sure there was something different. I vividly remembered the flat black color of his eyes the last time he glared at me – the color was striking against the background of his pale skin and his auburn hair. Today, his eyes were a completely different color: a strange ocher, darker than butterscotch, but with the same golden tone.” (Meyer, 145)
Not only is this quote descriptive as I said earlier on, but the use of vocabulary is brilliant. I describe to most people that my eyes are green, but they are not just green. These eyes begin as flat black, nothing but darkness is what I imagine. But today, they become vibrant. I have never seen eyes that are Ocher, but I can see them in my head. You do not only see eyes that are light brown, but a vivid mix of golden butterscotch brown with a little darkness to them. Think of how fast you would skim through this sentence if it said, “his eyes were not black today, but light brown.” To keep the reader flipping pages they must be intrigued, similar to well mapped out storylines.
In school we were encouraged to outline our paper before writing to help keep us organized. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job of this with her Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter books are apart of the most popular series known, with seven books and a plot line to each book that all connects in the end. Some pieces of the story start in the first novel, The Sorcerer’s Stone, and are not explained until the seventh and final book, The Deathly Hollows. A character present throughout the novels is Professor Snape. He is not a main character necessarily, but his role in the story is important. Throughout the series he has a hatred for Potter is unexplainable, and causes the reader to see Snape as one that could be working with the antagonist, Voldemort. Throughout the novels the reader constantly questions what side Professor Snape is on, for he helps Potter in times of need, but hates him at others. In the final book, is all comes together. His hatred for Potter comes from his past that slowly gets...