Ask any of our friends, they will say that we like a LOT of celebrities. Ask any of them again, and they will say that we sort of have a bad habbit of mixing these celebrities into the stories we write.
For instance, when we thought of the plot to our novel STUCK, we were listening to a song called “Alice” by Avril Lavigne, when all of a sudden, we got out a piece of paper and jotted down idea after idea.
A little later, we were thinking about what to name our two main characters. For the guy, it was easy; we simply put down the names of our favorite singers and actors, then did an elimination.
When we use the names of these people, the descriptions of the characters are also sometimes inspired by the person they were named after. If you read about someone named Logan in our writing, he’s usually going to have dark hair. If there’s a girl named Taylor, she’s most likely going to have blue eyes and curls.
There are almost dangers to this method, though. You have to learn how to make it not so obvious who you’re talking about. We have to go through and change some qualities all the time. However, I think if we make character ENOUGH like a celebrity, the reader gets a visual image of who’s playing the part, and it can be more like a movie.
Where do you get your inspiration? Tell us in the comments!
“And may the odds be ever in your favor!” “That is mahogany!” “Does he own a shirt?” “It’s leviOsa, not levioSA.” The list of book quotes our friends and we banter back and forth between each other on a daily basis goes on and on. We are all book crazy, and we get even crazier when a movie adaptation comes out. When The Hunger Games first came out, we each went on our own, and then a week later had a party and went to see it as a group. When we got back to the house, we made up a version of THG to play ourselves, which was basically a more complex version of tag.
Aside from having so much fun talking about books among each other, we have to put up with the critics back at school and even sometimes with our families. The rolling or widening of eyes, the raising of eyebrows, the odd glances, and of course the use of the word “Geek(s)”.
We admit we can be a bit nerdy at times, what with us all being not just crazy for books but with boys, too. But you have to wonder when the limit of teasing gets pushed and it starts to sound like we’re getting made fun of. We don’t really understand why others laugh at our love for novels. Is it really so bad that we can read? The fact that they find it weird that we actually enjoy what we’re reading is like if we found it bizzare that they can talk and like the topic of the conversation.
Then there’s the whole term “obsessed”. It has come to our attention that there is a fine line between that word being a compliment and an insult. We’re not going to lie, we do get a little bit extreme. I mean, we did the three fingered salute that District 12 gave Katniss in THG back at them in the theatres and waited during the credits just so we could sing “Safe and Sound” together on the big screen. However, when we hear people muttering about how “obsessed” we are with something, whether it be our favorite band or book series, using that negative tone, it can be sort of hurtful. If you don’t like to read, that’s fine, we have absolutely nothing against you. But don’t put the ones that do down, and don’t insult what they love. Loving to write is a totally different topic, especially at our age. We get more crap about that than we do with books or boys.
Sometimes it gets to a point when we start to feel insecure. We know someone who stopped reading altogether. She used to LOVE the Harry Potter series, but she got “teased” so much that she stopped reading completely. We haven’t seen her pick up a book in a year.
So, what’s your opinion on this topic? Feel free to leave a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
In our novel, one of the main character’s biggest problems is the issues she has with her family. She feels neglected, unloved, the least favorited, that she’ll never be good enough for any of her relatives. For being one out of three children, it isn’t hard to believe. Many kids seek attention when they feel they never get it from their families-whether they’re the youngest, the oldest, or in between- and sometimes it’s true. How do you feel about your family? Do you think you’re the odd one out? Whether a parent or a child, there’s often times when we don’t understand that we’re doing something wrong, that in some way we are pushing away the people we are meant to love. And instead of coming out with the truth about our emotions, occasionaly we keep our thoughts secret, shoving back the people that pushed us. You might lock yourself in your room, or keep out of the house as much as possible. Maybe you decide to run away from it all. That’s what our character does, in a way.
The point is, we shouldn’t leave alone the people we cherish. Open your eyes and see what you’re really doing to your family member. Or if it’s vice versa, don’t keep your feelings hidden, or else they will never go away.
We believe we should all love one another, especially familes… even though we know this may never be completely true for everyone. But if we try to fix our relationship with each other, maybe we can slowly grow closer, and all be happier. Hopefully.
Just because we have a blog, and claim to be writing a novel, please don’t be misled to believing we are like Cassandra Clare or J.K. Rowling (although that certainly would be nice). We are very inexperienced with this type of stuff and getting loads of help from selected readers. We are merely doing all of this because we love it. We think it’s fun. If we had any other idea, then what’s the point of writing? If the only reason you’re writing is for the money, all you care about is being published, then it becomes more of a job than a hobby.
Sometimes, we look back on a snippet of something we wrote, and all we can think is, “How is it possibly possible that we wrote something like this???”We even look back on these blogs every once in a while and think the same thing (that’s why there’s so few entries on here; we keep deleting them). But we keep trying, and we force ourselves to be open to other’s opinions, all so we can be proud of our work, instead of ashamed. So, no, our book is not in stores. We will be keeping this site up-to-date on what news we hear about changing that (if any ever comes).
We’d like to believe, though, that anything is possible, and maybe one day we will be able to go into Barnes and Noble and see someone buying our novel. Maybe we will have a Wikipedia page for Stuck. But if we don’t, that’s okay, too.