Seriously, I am in love with this series and Suzanne Collins writing.
One problem though, is that I feel like a total failure as a writer, when I read her lovely prose on every page.
Fellow writers out there, do you have that feeling reading certain books over others? Like you better just throw in the towel because you don't measure up?
Anyway, I'm coming near the end of the book now and I don't want it to end. You know that feeling?
My favorite line thus far, is from Peeta: "If you die, and I live, there's no life for me at all back in District Twelve. You're my whole life," he says. "I would never be happy again."
Yeah, because I'm a sappy wimp :)
Anyway, speaking of writing and books, I mentioned I attended an SCBWI conference this weekend. It was fabulous. Some great authors and editors were in attendance.
One lecture by editor Harold Underdown, spoke to me:
He said (and I paraphrase here), "Dont worry about all the rules you've heard about the very first page in your book. That it has to have great action, or launch you plot, or introduce your character, or that it can't have any back-story. Just make sure your very first page makes some kind of a promise to the reader (about what's to come in the story)! That promise will make a reader turn the page.
That was profound for me because I have terrible trouble with my first pages.
So anyway, since I have Catching Fire sitting right by me, I have decided to open to the first page, and read:
I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air. My muscles are clenched tight against the cold. If a pack of wild dogs were to appear at this moment, the odds of scaling a tree before they attacked are not in my favor. I should get up, move around, and work the stiffness from my limbs. But instead I sit, as motionless as the rocks beneath me, while the dawn begins to lighten the woods. I can't fight the sun. I can only watch helplessly as it drags me into a day that I've been dreading for months.
Does she make a promise to the reader (about what's to come), so that they want to turn the page? She did for me....