It has always been a dream of mine to publish a YA novel and so when I saw today’s Quick- Write, and using the advice of Kate, I thought I would use Thursday’s “assignment” to explore writing from the mind of my character, or who I envision she might become. Thank you for the feedback on my first post and thanks for helping me grow as a writer!
A student walks into the library/media center at lunchtime. What is she/he thinking? Worried about? Dreading? Hoping or wishing for? What are the risks/stakes for him/her? Show us in a paragraph or two.
I can’t believe I am doing this! I know that our school librarian has talked to us a lot about the library being a place to answer our “burning questions,” but this question is one that will cause me to be more vulnerable than I have ever allowed myself to be. How do I approach her about a question like this? Once I ask her, she will have a window into a part of me that I haven’t revealed to anyone. To everyone in this library, I am one of them. I live on their same suburban streets. I shop in their same preppy stores. I pretend that I belong in my family. Once I begin the search for answers, there will be no turning back.
As I approach the counter where Miss Pennyweather sits, checking out books to students whose biggest question is, “ What is the weight of the average polar bear?”, my stomach is preforming it’s own version of Circ de Soleil. I stare at the back of John Macon’s head and work through how I will phrase my question. Should I be direct and just lay it out there? Should I pretend I am doing research for a school project? Should I say I am asking for a friend? As the number of students between me and Miss Pennyweather ticks off like the minutes on the clock, I feel that I am approaching my destiny, and I pray that I will find the answer that I am looking for.