The Wonder of Writing
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Melissa Crytzer Fry who blogs at What I Saw… I guest-blogged for Melissa a few months ago with my post, Inspiration in Nature for Writing. I love Melissa’s blog and look forward to reading how she integrates photos and observations of nature with writing themes. Enjoy this guest post by Melissa and be sure to check out her blog too.
By Melissa Crytzer Fry
I wonder. Isn’t this where all storylines begin: “I wonder what would happen if ….”?
Without this simple thought, what would become of fiction? Movies? It’s a daunting thought that presented itself to me during a trip to my home state of Pennsylvania and specifically as a result of interaction with my then 10-year-old nephew.
Given the amount of time he spent with his head bent toward his Nintendo DS, I wondered if he ever “looked up,” and “looked out” around him at the things passing him by during car rides, at dinner tables, during adult conversations. Was he seeing the world around him? That also made me wonder, “Does an I wonder or what if question ever pop into his head?”
What if many of today’s young people don’t possess those imaginative thinking skills, that creativity, that thirst to learn? That love of reading? What happens to literature? To storytelling?
Since I don’t have children, I admit I could simply be overreacting … or maybe I am a little justified in my concern? (His friends behave in mostly the same way.)
It made me think about my own personality when I was younger. I had make-believe friends, wrote stories, read everything I could get my hands on, and figured out how to entertain myself (mud pies, super hero charades, homespun newspapers …. and during Sunday’s Wide World of Sports, I’d put on my swimsuit and pretend to be a gymnast… What if?).
Even today I drive people batty with my questions and my interest in so many topics (those poor doctors, sales people, friends … my poor husband). So the question is: Is my wonderment simply a product of my newspaper reporting background? My fascination with fiction? My inquisitive personality? Is it a generational thing?
And the second question is: if it’s generational (or even a product of less hands-on-parenting/too much TV/video stimulation), what will become of fiction? What will tomorrow’s novels look like? Will they exist as we now know them?
I hope the wonder of writing will live on, and that my observations are simply that of a 30-something nearing her forties … someone who may not be as in touch with kids as others…
What do you think? Kids being kids? Or should we have concern for fiction’s future?
Melissa Crytzer Fry is an award-winning, full-time freelance writer and journalist living out her writing dream in southern Arizona, among wildlife ranging from javelina, bobcats and quail to mountain lions, coyotes and Gila Monsters. She is the author of the What I Saw nature/writing/creativity blog and owner of AZCommProCommunications. Melissa is a writer/enthusiast of literary women’s fiction. You can also follow her on Twitter (@CrytzerFry).
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