My Bookish Confessions is a new feature here at Such A Novel Idea. I started this weekly feature to reveal some of my secret quirks when it comes to all things books.
My Bookish Confession (9)
I rewrite books in my head when I don’t like what they say.
I love to read–I think I have established this. But I have a bad habit of re-writing passages, scenes, words, sentences, even entire books if I don’t like how it turned out.
My earliest memory of offending: I was maybe four or five and we had this book titled “The Pokey Puppy,” (or something to that extent) that was about, well, a pokey puppy. It was my favorite book when I was little and my mother would read it to me all the time. One day, I got a hold of the book and drew squiggly lines between the actual lines and wrote my own story because I didn’t like “The Pokey Puppy” anymore and only I knew what it said…and the story was never the same when I read my version to my mom or brother or whoever would listen to me.
When I began Elementary, we had to read for so many minutes out loud each day for homework. I was the kid notorious for inserting my own word or words because I thought it sounded better, and of course I was right.
Just recently, I was reading City of Ashes and I didn’t like the way the scene was play out, so I re-wrote the whole scene and was reading my scene in place of what was there. It was fabulous and it made that whole scene so much more…steamy like I wanted it to be.
Also, it takes me forever to read a book because, once again, I insert what I want the book to say into the pages. I find that I’ll be reading what I think the author has written and that isn’t the case.
Jess tells me I do this because I am a born writer and I’ve taken a quiz to prove that theory. I do believe I am a born writer because my brain can take any situation and turn it into a story. Prime example: Jess and I had an outing (that seems so formal) a few weeks back and we went to this great Greek restaurant in our hometown. The food was great, and our waiter—well, he is a whole different story. To be quite honest, this guy was incredibly obnoxious and annoying and was hitting on Jess every five minutes (that is another story)and to make long story short I found a new character from a manuscript that I am currently writing. I know exactly what is going to happen and it brings me a sense of joy. You know that saying “Be careful or I will write you in my novel” or any other one along those lines—well, I will right you in my novel if you just happen to push my buttons the right way, and boy did he ever. (And that sounds really cynical and disturbing…so sorry for that). We laugh about it now but we were more than annoyed at the time, haha.
But more importantly, I am just creative–always have been; rewriting stories is just one of my many adorable quirks *cue cheese grin* 😀
So, that’s my eccentric quirk for the week. What’s YOUR bookish confession?
I love your quirk! I have never heard of this before, but it sounds like you’re doing the right thing by writing your own novel. I’m too much of an observer, so I’m completely invested in the author’s story whether I like it or not.
Thank you! I do rather adore my quirk, if I do say so myself 😀
Oh that’s awesome that you rewrite books in your head. Ha! I bet your teachers were like um, that’s not what that says little missy.
Yes, my teachers did not appreciate it much. Needless to say, they didn’t ask me to read much in class, haha.
I am so happy I stumbled upon this blog! It’s just what I need, and now I only hope you will be reading the kind of books I like 😉
One advise though… make the text of your posts bigger, size 14 is usually advised for blog posts. It will be easier to read! Other than this little issue, I’m hooked!
What a fun quirck to have! I always had much imagination, but I’ve never done this before. Funny 😀
That is so amazing! Although I can also understand rewriting The Pokey Little Puppy haha I went through a similar transition with it (although mine involved not reading it anymore instead of rewriting it which is infinitely more awesome!)
OMG, YES. I do this as well. Especially with well… have you read Allegiant? Because I certainly rewrote the entire book with my invisible mental powers. x)
~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Thank you, beautiful people for excepting my quirk, haha. It is at times completely amazing and somewhat frustrating (especially when I am trying to do school work) but it is one thing I would never trade. Have a beautiful and gorgeous day 🙂
Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
It’s the little changes that will make the biggest changes.
Thanks a lot for sharing!
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