My Grand Idea

On Friday, I’ll be going to the Martin J C Wheeler Public Library for a book signing. I discovered that a group of kids from the local Christian school will be showing up to hear what an author has to say and ask questions. I am greatly looking forward to that. Some of the kids, I understand, are interested in writing and want to get some tips. So, I’ve been pondering what kind of tips I can give. Honestly, the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m convinced that writers have to be great readers before they turn into great writers.

I think, in other words, that I would encourage them to read constantly! That is exactly what I did as a little girl and teenager, and I believe it shaped me as a writer.

The wheels are beginning to turn in my mind with all sorts of questions. What books would I advise them to read? What questions should they ask themselves while they read a book like, say, Jane Eyre? (One of my favorites) Well, they should consider the kind of theology Charlotte Bronte put forward in the book. How does her idea of God fit with what the Bible says about God? Was it a wise choice for Jane to go back to Mr. Rochester in the end? What would the Bible say about that?

I have this wild plot hatching in my brain. What if I were to recommend one book a month right here, and ask young people to read it with certain questions about the book in mind? Once finished, they could write a little review, expressing their thoughts about the book as they read it and send it to me. What if I published the best paper right here on the blog? (With parental permission, of course.) I think it would be a lot of fun to hear a young person’s perspective on the great classics, don’t you? Kids are far more perceptive than we give them credit for.

Well, I will have to think about this grand scheme a little while longer. And so I will say goodbye for this week while the wheels continue to turn.

4 thoughts on “My Grand Idea

  1. Amanda, I think this is an awesome idea, if you think you could keep up with it as it grows. That personal attention online is an advantage that brings you right in front of your readers. I have a favorite author and I visit her website and her Facebook page often. I love it that she feels I am important to her as a reader and fan. Your readers will too. Go for it!

  2. Yes! Online interaction is the new “face” of mentoring, and I hope you do this. It’s a great way to inspire good reading. And .. . I’m always interested in recommended reading from people who have high standards of excellence.

  3. Amanda,
    What about Elizabeth Millhouse Reading Society? Corny? Or, maybe change “Society” to “Club.” “The Elizabeth Millhouse Young Writers Reading Club”? “The Elizabeth Millhouse Young Reader’s Club”? “The Millhouse Book Club”?

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