Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Write Like Richard Peck

This is the first week that I’m participating in the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week is favorite book quotes.

I’ve written before on quotes that have inspired me as a writer. But this week I wanted to expand on this particular quote by award-winning author Richard Peck:

He wasn’t a morning kind of guy, even with a full night’s sleep. He had a problem with that quick shift from dreams to the truth.
―Richard Peck, Past Perfect, Present Tense, 2004 (“The Kiss in the Carry-on Bag”)

I think this is an example of brilliant writing because it says so much more than “he struggled to get up in the morning.” When I read the second line -- “He had a problem with that quick shift from dreams to the truth” -- I realized that Peck had explained perfectly why I’m not a morning person! I’m not lazy or grouchy or need to get more rest. No, I just have a hard time moving from the fantasy world of my dreams to the harsh reality of life.

As a writer, this line makes me realize that even a simple concept like telling your readers that someone isn’t a morning person can be explained poetically. The next time you’re writing, and you put down something like “He liked to cook” or “She was fond of walking,” ask yourself, “How can I describe this like Richard Peck?”

Now, hop around to read other bloggers’ favorite book quotes!

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  1. I love that! I feel like that many mornings as well :) ~Mandie

  2. I agree that quote definitely puts those ugly mornings into perspective.

  3. That is a very eloquent way of saying "He doesn't do mornings."

  4. I like that! Though I am definitely a morning person. I usually consider 9 AM to be half my day over lol.


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