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|Member Since:||Mar 24, 2013|
I am a writer and school girl. I still go to secondary school and is in year eleven at the moment. I enjoy writing stories on my laptop but would like them to be available for others to read too. I especially like writing my story Dead Raiser. I came up with the initial idea of Dead Raiser on my way to an author event in which I bought a book and got it signed by the author, CJ Skuse, who praised my questioning skills while she signed my book. The initial idea hasn't changed much at all, all it has done is grow. At first I was afraid the idea of a living skeleton was copying my favourite Author Derek Landy and so the question I asked went something like this "What happens if you come up with an idea but somebody has already written something similair before?" CJ Skuse answered by saying "As long as it's different in many ways then that's fine because in the writing world things like that are bound to happen, it's like my idea, your spin. So as long as only a little is similair then that's ok becuase there will be some similarities in the writing world."
I was overjoyed at this, though I didn't show it, I kept the same apparently bored demeanor which my face is usually set. And it was at that same event that I met Sarah, the leader of the Trowbridge Young Writer's Squad. The Young Writers Squad has given me plenty of opportunities such as learning to write a small passage on a selected genre set by Sarah in a certain amount of minutes and to meet my faveourite Author Derek Landy at the Bath Literature Festival. The Young Writers Squad were helping out with interveiwing Authors of their selection. Sarah, being so amazing, mentioned that Derek Landy was going to be there and that I might like to interveiw him. I said yes, what else could I have said? No? Hah! No chance what so ever! Derek Landy is my role model (though he admits that adults/parents don't think he's a very good one because he failed all subjects at school except English and Art and because he's kind of childish in a way. He kept pointing at people and staff who were entering/leaving and going "Ooh, look at these people!") and I so badly wanted to meet him. I didn't show it on the day to him, I didn't want to seem stranger than my clothes appeared. On that day I wore a black and red striped sleeveless shirt, black blue banana jeans, a black cardigan and a black and red pinstriped fedora (which he said he loved!).
Derek Landy also complemented my questioning skills which made me feel good since not one but TWO Authors had said so. It was on camera too which also makes me proud since I have a phobia of cameras.
So yeah, anyway, Dead Raiser came from the blue slowly and peice by peice, the title was the final peice and then I realised what my brain had been doing. For a long while my brain kept storing all sorts of random information on random things, one of these was that I liked the name and plant, Ivy, another was that it kept popping up with the veiw of cemeteries at random moments. It was only when sat, with one headphone in, at Chippenham library, listening to the other Author (whose name I've forgotten) talk to the audience, CJ Skuse and the lady talking to them, the name popped into my head. And BAM! I knew instantly what it was about and what my brain had been dping, quite without my permission, all that time. Now I know why people ask why I look either gloomy, distant or like I'm concentrating, it's because my brain is doing something. (Most likely without my permission).
The best thing about writing Dead Raiser is that my characters are amazing and have so far been recvieced quite well by Felix Fossi who comented on the seventh chapter. Dead Raiser isn't finished yet (I'm not sure when it will be) but so far all is going well.
Also, though Derek Landy seems to be a little childish (one of his quotes in the book is "Doors are for people with no imagination" spoke by one of the main characters, Skulduggery Pleasant) he is amazing, he taught me not to judge a book by it's cover as when I first saw his book, Skulduggery Pleasant, I thought it was a book about biking for some reason I can't remember. He also spoke some very inspirational words which I will try to place down for you.
"There is no such thing as a 'wanna be, aspiring, rookie' or such forth words, if you write, then you're a writer. Published or not. Do not let other people tell you otherwise, just go out there and write."
" In the back of your mind there's a little room, a little attic where everything you hear, touch, see, smell and taste over the years is placed, like posters. Every book, film, movie, song etc is also there, like posters. You see something new you put a poster up, and when you run out of empty room you have to put a new poster up over the old one. And posters do what posters do, they rip, tear, peel back and eventually fall down. You can make a new idea from these posters put up over one another, because you can see through the slash in one, look past a peeling corner and there's a new idea. It's not copying if you chance it in such a way, make it yours. Take only the inspiration and there's a book."
Something like that anyway, I can't remember all of it properly. But basically the gist is one: If you write, you're a writer. Two: Remember as much as you can because ideas come from anywhere.