Breaking Dawn - How do you write a book like that?

by MuminBusiness

Breaking Dawn and the Twilight Series have taken the world by storm. What does it take to write like that?

Breaking Dawn

Oh, How I love the Twilight Series

breaking dawn 2There is something about Edward and Bella that draws me in.  Have you read the Twilight Series?  Yes I mean read, not watched, but read? 

I still remember the first time I heard of the books.  I was sceptical as a friend suggested they were beyond amazing, but as it kept her quiet, I agreed to borrow the books and give them a go.  Well, as they were fairly huge books, I decided to start with the first one and then when I decided it was too boring for words, I could honestly hand it back explaining it was just not my thing.

I started them and Wow!  …

Words cannot even begin to describe how drawn into Twilight I was.  So here I am, a woman with a new baby and a toddler, staying up nights just to finish this book and then I had to go and get the next one and the next one and finally, I finished with ‘Breaking Dawn’ all within a week.  I really do not think I slept!

So the Twilight Series is not Classic Literature...

I am astounded by the creativity and talent some writers have. 

Now I recognise not everyone feels like I do about the Twilight Series; I mean it is fairly dubious material – vampires and girls and good and evil and all that.  However, Stephanie Meyer’s ability to write and draw people who are into that kind of thing right into the story of Bella, Edward and Jacob is amazing.  I admire that!  I would love to be able to write like that.

Do you like the Twilight Series?

Is Breaking Dawn a work of Great Luck or Hard Work?

What makes talent?

breaking dawn 1Is it just chance or it hard work? Are people born this way or can we, mere mortals develop the talent of writing?  Is it genetic or can it be manufactured? 

I am inclined to believe that anyone can do anything they set their mind to and the difference between seeming success and seeming failure is a lack of perseverance.  I use the word 'seeming' because who determines success anyway (or failure)?  Is Stephanie Meyer a Success because of Breaking Dawn and all the other books in the Twilight Series, or is she a success because of all the other drafts she wrote and that no one knows about? There are a lot of gifted writers who are not quite so popular but does that mean they have failed? I do not think so.

I would love at this point to give some great tips on how to become an amazing writer but regrettably  I cannot.  As you may have guessed reading through this epistle, I am on the journey of learning to write.  I have a lot to say and now say it online rather than in my numerous journals. 

My greatest tip would be to just keep writing, which ultimately is what I do.

Do you have any ideas you would like to share? I really would like to hear what tips you have for writing well. Please do add them to the comments, assuming you made it through to this point. :-) 

Updated: 01/23/2012, MuminBusiness
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MuminBusiness on 01/24/2012

I suppose that's the good thing about recent times. Anyone can get published as an eBook. You are no longer completely at the mercy of the industry's whims. You just need to get good at marketing yourself.
I do hate the idea of it just being luck though because then it means no matter how hard some work, it will just never be recognized. However, I know in reality, that can be the case. So we all need to be motivated by more than recognition by the industry.

brlamc on 01/23/2012

it's usually luck, at the right place or the right time. The Harry Potter series was rejected numerous times before a deal. Stephen King was routinely rejected in his early days too. For the Harry Potter books it was said there would be "limited interest."
Many great books will never be published unless the author goes the eBook route. Often, it's what the industry wants and that's why certain authors get published.

MuminBusiness on 01/23/2012

I like the idea of being a good reader. I have always loved to read, no doubt about that. But I got to wondering what makes a great book? I love all kinds of books but would they be considered great? What do you think?

Thanks for your feedback!

sheilamarie on 01/23/2012

A good writer starts as a good reader. By reading a lot and reading great books, a person learns more than any tips a teacher can give. I've never read the Twilight series because, like you, the subject of vampires just doesn't interest me. But maybe, again like you, I should give it a try.

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