Pablo Picasso once said that art is a lie that tells the truth, and if this is the case, the book-turned-movie series “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is case in point. MSN.com reports today, April 19, 2016, that the U.S. government is sending 200 more troops and Apache helicopters to Iraq, more specifically, to Mosul.
For those of you who want to write a book, but who struggle with knowing what to write about, the news provides an excellent source of inspiration, especially if you’re writing a book.
Something is always going on in the world, and how to talk about it in your writing is what separates you from other writers and gives you your voice.
However, some aspiring writers that I’ve worked with have expressed to me that they don’t exactly know how to marry the two — a news event with the events of their book. I use news and current events in my novels, so I can appreciate the challenge.
When faced with this kind of “writer’s block,” I usually try to look at what other writers, artists, and filmmakers have done to incorporate current or historical events into a book or a film.
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