Every six weeks or so, I get together a group of local home-school students, and we have a Writing Day. Today marks the first writing day of 2018. With the new year, I decided to do more than just “get together and write.” Now, I’m going to make my girls do a little work (so far, it’s just girls who meet). And then, I thought, why not share it here with other writers?
My hopes are that, in doing these exercises, it will help us learn something and help us better ourselves as writers.
For this first writing day, we’re going to do an analyses of our favorite book (i.e. learning from an author we admire!). Before you get turned off by the word “analyses,” this was SO much fun! Yes, I did it myself, just to give everyone an example that it can be done–and quite easily at that! Not only do you get to think about your favorite book, but you get to explore the elements that make it your favorite book.
Download your form here: February 2018 – analyze favorite book
And now for my analyses…
Writing Assignment for February 2018: Analyze Your Favorite Book
Analysis by Amanda Tero
What is your favorite book?
For the purpose of this exercise, my latest favorite: A Song Unheard by Roseanna White.
What are three elements you love about this book?
- The music (and how effortlessly Roseanna weaved it through almost every page of the book!)
- The diversity of characters
- So much always going on with the characters and plot, yet not too much to confuse the reader
Who was your favorite character?
Ooh, tough one. I really liked Willa and Lukas, but really, Margot just may have to go down as my favorite.
Why was this character different to you than all other characters?
Margot was a mathematician. I’m not sure that I’ve read another book where there was a character so naturally inclined to number. This definitely made her stand out—not to mention that she had a purpose to her life of math.
What were three things about this character that made it stand out to you?
- Her math skills
- Her raw perception
- Her position: in a way, she saw herself as caretaker of her mother
What was the character’s goal in this book?
Since Margot is a side character, her goal wasn’t the driving force of the entire book, BUT even as a side character, she had a goal: find her brother Lukas.
What roadblocks did the character face in achieving this goal?
Margot, a mere teenager, and in the middle of World War I, couldn’t just search the country for her brother. Rather, she had to wait and hope that their code worked. At the same time, it wasn’t idle waiting on her part, because there were small things thrown in there that worked to prevent her from searching harder for Lukas. For example, a German general took his abode practically next door and was constantly “checking in” on Margot. For this reason, she couldn’t just openly work on newspapers finding codes.
What is one thing that you can learn from this book, as a writer?
The one thing that stood out to me in this book was the diversity of the characters. When it was Margot’s POV, everything resonated with her in the form of numbers. She thought in numbers and even prayed in numbers. When it was Lukas’s or Willa’s POV, their music came out—the things they were feeling, seeing, and hearing were all strongly compared to something musical.