Books that Inspire


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I figured that this month I wanted to write about something different than a book review. This month, I’m going to write about a book that I’m writing, and about the books which inspired my story ideas.I haven’t come up with a decent title yet, but I just finished the thirteenth chapter a few days ago. I started writing this story when I was in third grade because of a school assignment, but then I got carried away and my story was more than 500 words. Ever since then I wanted to finish the book, so I would work on it whenever I could in between my busy schedule.

Basically, this story has an action-packed, adventurous story line: An evil villain wants to take over the world and only a team of military special ops guys can stop him. They go on epic adventures including fighting ninjas next to a bottomless pit, and escaping a scout’s old military commander in a broken down, deserted city.

After I started writing and got a bunch of ideas out of my head, I realized that in most of the books that I read I always wanted to add something from my own imagination. Books have inspired me to continue writing my own story.

For example, I read a Marvel comic book that talked about invasions of aliens and super human powers. I thought these ideas would be cool to put into my story. When I read a Hardy Boys mystery book, I was inspired to put some mystery into my story. An Indiana Jones book inspired me to put some high-flying action into my book, too. I think that a little bit of everything in a story creates an amazing plot!

To sum it all up, when you mix different types of books with your own imagination, you can make anything come to life on the page. If you have ever been inspired to write because of a book you read, make a post in the comments about that inspiration.

-Kyle H., 7th grade

3 thoughts on “Books that Inspire

  1. Great entry, Kyle! You had a really interesting take on the subject. It was written exceptionally, yet in a way that all aspiring writers may empathize with your dedicated and philosophical perspective. I am looking forward to reading your first novel, the publication of which I hope will be sooner than later. 🙂
    In your entry, you encouraged your viewers to contribute their thoughts by posting comments; so here goes.
    For me, writing is an excuse to conjure up a fantasy world from my imagination in which I can live whenever I desire; an alternate world where I can invent, control, dictate, and watch the products of my own brain. For me, nothing is as rewarding as the realization that I have come upon the right word, or structured a paragraph in a way I am satisfied with. I think that, with my grammar-infused fascination, my great obsession with words, and my unconditional love of books, I knew I would succumb to writing eventually, and it turns out I was not mistaken. I have written my whole life, although it is not but lately that I have been able to successfully transfer my thoughts to paper (…not that I didn’t do that before, but the result was a lot of erasing and an even bigger pile of wasted parchment). I have been inspired by many different authors, some well-known, others scarcely recognized.
    “Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.”
    -Susan Sontag
    This is one of my favorite quotes and it seems to encompass the main source of my inspiration: books.
    I have found that while my friends are falling in love with what is written, I am falling in love with how the book is written, so lately our reading choices have begun to vary.
    I just realized how ridiculously long this comment is, and that it could probably be a blog post on its own.
    Keep writing. 😉
    -Danielle K.
    “There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”
    -Z.N. Hurston

  2. When I read The Host, I was inspired to write a story for myself too. I’m going to be talking about it in my next blog. I liked what you said about how a little of everything makes a great plot. Your book sounds very interesting.

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