In honor of The Hunger Games movie, I have dedicated this months website updates to all things Hunger Games. I have revived old reviews, posted tons of videos and even included the mockingjay pin in my banner as well as the countdown widget on my home page. I didn't do this for any of the other adaptations such as Harry Potter or Twilight, but I just had to with The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games phenomenon is in full swing this month. The coverage has been nothing but overwhelming ever since the announcement was made that Suzanne Collin's book about kids fighting to the death in a televised game would become a movie. As someone who has read the fantastic trilogy (and if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for?), I completely get the uproar. After all, my website is now full of it.
What they're doing with this adaptation release is nothing but awesome. Besides the numerous websites that have been created (and I will list some good ones in a minute), the people in charge of The Hungers Games has actually made this feel like a real game. They split fans into the 12 districts giving them a job (I'm in District 4 and a Ship Captain), created Facebook pages for each district complete with a district square and allowed three fans to become the district mayor, district recruiter and district journalist. They've even created fake ads, selling products found in the Capital:
In two and a half weeks time, I will be teaching a class on creative writing. I have 17 people signed up eagerly awaiting for what I will have to tell them. I have my outline done and my next step is to practice. As I was putting together my outline, a thought occurred to me: patience.
People in general can be impatient sometimes, but what I find is when you add the pressure of creativity, patience is often lost. I am just as much as guilty as the next artist. I start working on a piece and before I can even get through the first sentence I am eager to have a finished product. I forget that things take time, that I have to put in the work and energy into finishing what I start. Even when I continue and work through my impatience, I am often frustrated that more time as passed than I would have expected. In the end, my impatience is clear, but I know enough now that I can't let it beat me, that I must move passed it to get the outcome I am looking for.
New writer's can sometimes fall within this trap. They let the impatience of the process take over and decide that writing is not for them and then move on to the next endeavor. It is the determine ones that realize writing takes time. It takes time to hone one's craft and even after you make it through the publishing door, you are always growing. Writing is not something that comes quickly, a book just doesn't appear out of thin air. Sometimes, the best books take years to write. The trick is to take the impatience and use it. Use it to push you further down your path. Turn that impatience into a positive.
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