Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rewriting other people's books

So, as a lot of you know if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I've had a bit of a hard week. My youngest son woke up Saturday morning with 104 fever (He is now fine.) and my computer broke. (It needed a new plug, we got one.) That left me in an interesting situation. I had a sick baby and no computer to take me off to the la-la land of the cyberworld for a few minutes every day.

What did I do? I picked up my Kindle and started rereading a few series of books that I love. I decided I would read them in order.

Although I enjoyed the experience, I do love reading great writing, I had a funny thing happen to me. After finishing each book, I started to, in my own head, rewrite the endings of the books. I wasn't even conscious that I did this until I finished the third book when it startled me. I thought, sheesh, Rebecca what is the matter with you? Why do you have to make up a different ending in your head?

But, then I realized, this is what I do all day. I take care of my kids and I create, I hope, really interesting stories that take place in the worlds that are as real in my mind as the one I'm walking around in on a daily basis. I just can't stop doing it.

Does this happen to any of you?



Jen Wylie said...

Yup, I'm constantly rewriting everything in life. :D I think we are just very very creative and our minds need to do something!

ketch1714 said...

I'm constantly rewriting as I read as well. Many a times, I even place myself into the storyline as a new character.

Layna said...

Guilty as charged, but I think we all do it with everything, not just books. I can account for for a dozen movies and tv shows that I would have happily changed the ending. :)

Esmerelda Bishop said...

This is actually how I started my writing career. Never written a day in my life, but had been a reader since I was a kid. One day, I found myself thinking I would've done the story different. Then the next book was the same. Here I am, five years later.

Sandra Sookoo said...

I don't necessarily rewrite the end. I rewrite bad writing LOL Or an unsatisfactory book gives me ideas and I say I can do it better LOL

Annie Nicholas said...

All. The. Time. :)