I bet if you use your really awesome context clues, you can deduce which movie I saw last night!
So as someone who is writing a book, I can tell you that a majority of the time we just write filler. We are either setting up a scene, describing a scene or character, or having our creations act out certain situations while we play the master puppeteer. However, every once in a while you stumble across something…you produce a sentence or a concept that just kinda floors you and has you searching your pockets to try and figure out where it came from. These are diamonds. No book is 100% diamond, but if you are lucky, you have enough diamonds that people will start pasting these quotes onto pictures and spreading them all over Pinterest. This is how I first heard of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I found the image above on Pinterest, and that statement really appealed to me. I didn’t realize it was from The Perks of Being a Wallflower until much later (’cause I’m super observant like that), and I had already fallen in love with the trailer. I have to say that the movie surpassed my expectations though. I was expecting some quirky, funny, coming-of-age tale about some social awkward characters that would help inspire me for my own social awkward characters. What I got instead was a rich and very moving story (I’ll admit it…I’m a crier) that I can only hope to one day come close to. I love story lines like this because they inspire me, but Lord knows they also beat me down and make me feel like I’m wasting everybody’s time.
I think one of the biggest producers of diamonds is John Green. He has a similar style of writing to Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) in the way that he tackles really intense subjects like suicide, cancer, and mental illness, and somehow finds ways to make these situations and characters beautiful. They have very distinctive writing styles, as do I, and it is not really anything you can imitate or fake. My writing style is very sarcastic and funny (I really hope other people think so too), and doesn’t take itself too seriously. With that said, at least at this point in my life, I don’t have the vulnerability to create a story about kids with cancer in a way that it deserves…or in a way that would reach people. All my main characters (MCs) are female, smart, sarcastic, and have way too much pride to ever express their feelings in a way that doesn’t just create misunderstandings. This is probably very telling, and tells my readers more about me than my author’s bio would. This is the character that I want to write at this moment though, and maybe when I finally get her down on the page and find some resolution to her story, I will move on to other topics.
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
Seriously. You can’t buy talent like that.