My writer seminar was done on Nicholas Sparks and it has taught me to keep an open mind when picking new things to read. I learned that even if you fail, it doesn’t mean you won’t/can’t become successful. For anyone who didn’t know, Nicholas Sparks failed English when he was younger but now has published many novels and even have turned some novels into motion pictures. Others’ writers seminars also inspired me through the advice that was given. They also were helpful for me to see if I liked a certain writer, because it gave me snippet of their style of writing.
By studying published authors, it has help change my writing by inspiring me to emulate styles of writers that resonate with me. The advice that some of the authors have given have definitely helped to improve my writing too, and will continue to help improve my writing throughout my high school career.
For my writer seminar, I chose to do Nicholas Sparks with my partner Jazmine. We chose him because neither of us have read his novels but have heard a lot about them. Nicholas Sparks is mainly known for writing romance novels, but not the typical love stories that everyone else writes. The book we read was called The Notebook and the style was very unique. It was a story about a man telling his wife who has Alzheimer’s about their story, an approach that really caught my attention because it was something different. Some other novels he wrote were Safe Haven, The Last Song and many others. What I learnt from Nicholas Sparks is that if you put real emotions into the novel, it can hook your readers and catch their attention. I also learned that it’s okay to write out of order, and that you have to practice writing good stories to make good stories. I emulated an excerpt from his novel, click here to read more about my writers seminar and to read my emulation.
Another writer seminar that really inspired me was Heather and Anusha’s author. I learned that writing isn’t a one time thing, and that you won’t get the perfect story on the first try. You also need to find the word you are trying to use to get your point across rather than adding fluff and beating around the bush – keeping things simple will ensure you don’t stray from your main point. After their presentation, I am going to find time to read a Mark Twain novel, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As for Nicholas Spark novels, I want to read The Last Song.
Heather and Anusha’s Prezi: https://prezi.com/mgowxietcxq0/mark-twain/