02 November 2009

NaBloPoMo 2009

Well, I have decided to participate in National Blog Posting Month in order to further motivate myself to continue with my everyday writing habit. I tried to follow through on participating in NaNoWriMo last year, but my efforts did not quite pull me through the entire month. A daily blog post seems to be more doable than writing a novel in a month.

Today, I am thinking about a book I just finished reading--The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I picked it up because a dear friend recommended and loaned it to me. And I am so glad she did. It is truly one of the best books I have ever read. The characters were very well written--emotionally engaging and believable. The plot centers on the work of three women to give voices to those who had not historically had a voice--the colored help who served in white households in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. I won't tell you how it turns out, but I will say that you will laugh and cry as the characters bravely work side by side to accomplish what turns out to be an extremely dangerous task. If anyone reading this post has read the book and wants to discuss it online let me know. I would love to hear what others have thought after reading the novel.

And although I am not participating in National Novel Writing Month, I am still working on planning a novel that will take me more than a month to complete. In fact, I'm sure it will be a multi-year project because I plan to write a series. More about that some other time, though.

1 comment:

mmallon said...

I'm so glad you liked The Help! I agree that it's one of the best books I've read; I loved the connection between the three narrators. Did you read the blurb about the author's experiences growing up? It gives you a sense of why she decided to write on this topic.