My Writing Diary

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102. 7th December 2014

I'm making some pretty good progress on my writing - it should be finished in just over a year and I'm making an advent poem collection. :P

Anyway, I was watching Mockingjay Part 1 today with a friend and I wanted to speak on the matter of inspiring (?) scenes. There are two scenes, at the moment, that stand as symbols to what I'm about to describe: the first is from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with the final battle and the statues, and the second is in Mockingjay with District Five. Anyone who hasn't seen them will have little clue what I'm talking about, so I hope I didn't spoil anything.

The reason for this? They're both serious, memorable scenes with the music to go with them. There's some kind of unity, or last stand, or rebellion. It's just this sense of everything culminating into one, everyone and everything came a long way to get here and something monumental is in the making.

Notice that they're never during the attack/battle/climax but they're never at the start. They're a build-up, clear of the uncertainty that signals the initial days of a rebellion (e.g. Mockingjay) and not quite the senseless violence that can accompany a final event (not to say that it always does). 

As a writer, they're one of the many reasons I write - to reach a point where something clicks and you get an idea of the enormity of it all. Not all stories have this, not all of them need this. I'm not saying it's a must have for a good book or a good film. I'm only trying to convey how these things settle in my head.

Same thing goes for characters evolving from one end of the book to another. In primary school, I was taught that a story had a beginning, a middle and an end. I didn't agree. Someone recently said to me 'a story is where something changes'. And that's the best description I've heard so far. Because, no matter the subject, something changes and I end up feeling a little like I went on a journey with this cast of characters. Whether in words or pictures...

I am in awe of stories.

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