Sunday, February 26, 2012

Deep Thoughts and Paolini

This post was almost completely a rant from my journal about Christopher Paolini's Inheritance, which I found at Good Will for $2.50 and just recently finished. But, fortunately for you, I chilled out and starting thinking some rather deep thoughts.

Inheritance was much too long. He's a good writer, he has a brilliant capacity for language and customs and well, basically a whole world structure but at some point you have to cut to the freaking point. (AHEM, i promise I'm not ranting...)

I loved the first book, Eragon, the best - partly for the story and partly because Paolini was such a hero to me. He was fifteen when he wrote it, he was homeschooled and he pursued his dreams. 

Terrible movie but still <3
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That book was a nudge for me to take a step in my journey of writing. It became a part of me. Which seems strange, even to me, sometimes. It's not my favorite series, he did a lot of things that I didn't like. He did some things I did enjoy, like how he killed Galbatorix and how he did not kill Murtagh. <3 I have emotional attachment to the broken, disturbed characters, can't help it... I like Eragon too but I always wanted to know about Mr. Murtagh. 

But now that it's over I'm wondering if I'll ever read the series again. For some reason, I seriously doubt it, unless I have serious time to kill. 

(This is where I started thinking deep thoughts...) Burying yourself so completely in a series is a huge leap of faith. In a way, you're giving yourself up into the author's hands and trusting them to take care of you. 

I think there's such a thing as Reader's Abuse. Don't get me wrong, making your reader feel strong emotion is good - it's a testament to your writing skill and rather necessary for a story if you want to make a connection. But you should also give them a good reason to feel it. 

For instance, I find some emotions easier to capture than others but that doesn't mean my stories should be shock full of despair and tear-jerkers. It doesn't mean I shouldn't write tear-jerkers or despair, just that it shouldn't overwhelm whatever story I'm trying to communicate. 

The manipulation of words is a powerful thing. Words are the closest thing we have to magic! And as all good wizards know, magic is not to be trifled with. It is a Gift and should be used with care. Likewise, language is a Gift we should wield with special care. Words plant ideas, they carry power and they are bearers of emotion. 

I wish all words could be Truth. I just hope that what I write is at least a picture of Truth. One day, I'm going to meet my Heavenly Father and there in heaven... all words will be Truth. Exciting thought. :) 

But while I'm still here, I'm trying to live up to his expectations. And I want my words to mean something... not just be empty emotions. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. 
~Psalm 19:14

(This is another inspiration that prompted this blog post :D


  1. dang, this is spot on....great post, girlie.

  2. With the risk of being a proud, gushing mama, I've restrained myself from commenting on your blog. This is my favorite so far. LOVE, LOVE the O'Connor quote and the thoughts it inspired in you!

    1. Awww. Thanks Mama!! I'm glad you liked it. :)

  3. I love your thoughts here, it's exactly why I love writing so own piece of magic! I love writing that moves me. I have a reverence for words, a desire to write better and better and to learn more and more. I do get irritated by some over-long books. It's so sad when a series I've enjoyed loses me because the author has stretched subsequent books.
    Writing is a gift and we should treasure it as such!

    1. I'm glad you agree! Writing is such a special thing. Sometimes over-long books just take the specialness out of it... And some people can pull it off. But they have to be pretty special too. ;)