What better source is there for fresh ideas in fiction than advances in science? This SciLights blog is about Science News, Fodder for Fiction. It’s about making the world a better place to read by inspiring writers. And now I will tell you the story of the day this blog was born. *Cue evil scientist laugh.*
My mid-life, child-rearing weltschmerz had a most palatable side effect: reading aloud. I salvaged my literary aspirations and sent away for course information about writing for children and teens. The application was left to molder under piles on my unused desk until a bout of unemployment. Then I struck out.
The admonition to read and read a lot took hold. By far the most pleasure I ever experienced in reading was my childhood discovery of The Once and Future King by T. H. White. Arthur’s laugh-out-loud experiences with birds, ants, and fish and the ridiculously delightful Merlin kept me entranced until the fourth book, which was darker and less tangible to my innocent senses. That memory of reading is what I wish for reluctant readers.
I searched for a popular young adult novel. I selected Maximum Ride by James Patterson. That choice drew me into the online world that mixes up blogs and fiction. I wrote fan fiction under the pen name DZMom. I downloaded the teacher reading group materials provided on Hachette Book Group’s website for James Patterson’s young adult novels.
Now I confess. The brainlatch for inspiring young writers to read science news and find writing ideas is not my own. It comes from Mr. Patterson’s Maximum Ride reading group suggestions. He explained his concept for a novel involving a human-avian hybrid had originated from his reading about scientific advances. It was all the inspiration I needed. I set off to inspire young writers, and myself, with any luck.
This blog languishes for want of my love. But I do love it, in my come-and-go way. Perhaps this blog will flourish after the day that I can look in the mirror and say to my reflection without a wink of self-doubt, “I am a writer.” Perhaps. For now, it simply waits.