Kierstin Patton

Creative Writing Lock and Key Sarah Dessen Realistic fiction

October 27, 2009

1. I chose to read the book Lock and Key because one day my friend and I were wandering through Target and decided to go look at books. The name of the book caught my eye and I started to read the first couple lines of it; I wanted to read the next line and then the one after that. I decided I had to buy the book and I finished it by the next day. 2. While reading this book I hoped that I could use the style of writing Sarah Dessen used. I like how she writes dialogue and then will put a thought and then continues the dialogue. I liked how unique the story was, it didn·t sound like any book I have read. I also liked how I could relate to the story in a little way, it kept me wanting to read. a. From this story I learned that home is where you want it to be. In the book the main character Ruby struggles with being taken away from her house and forced to live with her long lost sister, after her mother abandons her. I also learned how to write the dialogue of what the character is saying and then what they are thinking to themselves. 3. When Sarah Dessen was little and she would write she was given a manual typewriter in the corner of the den in her house. When she wrote she was forced to stare at the wall so she could concentrate on the story and wouldn·t be distracted. When Dessen moved into her own house she wrote in her upstairs office. Instead of facing the wall she faced a window. She thought it would be hard because she was so use to staring at a wall. Dessen found it not as hard as she thought because she lived in the woods and there wasn·t much to see outside of her window (Dessen).

4. I like how Dessen changes up her sentence lengths. She writes long sentences and really short sentences to emphasize her point.

sometimes being simple can paint a better image. You get so used to the sun and sand that it gets hard to remember what the rest of the world. if only to check out of it for a little while. just like everything else about my stepmother. and in the house beside.µ (Dessen 113) Another technique I liked how the author did the dialogue in this book. realizing that I·d forgotten all about rainy days. 2009 ´I realized³as it finally lit up. can·t-even-think-straight pissed off. To me. I think that dialogue is . it was simply annoying. you·d just see one little light in all this dark. My mother would call it extraneous. in a plane passing over. This time. with no idea of the lives that were being lived within it. and fast³that I was furious. in the middle of the night. / Hi Auden!! / It was the extra exclamation point that got me. here in this little garage apartment. No: heartpounding. ´He just stood there. After reading them you want to read more of the book. It was no wonder we were meant to sleep. exuberant. Throughout the story Dessen uses a variety of dialogue. hour by hour. and beside that one.µ (Dessen 1) 5. When I got inside the elevator. looking at me. but you can still picture the image. is like.Kierstin Patton Creative Writing October 27. So much happening in the world. Heidi. mirroring my reflection back at me. From up above. and I had this flash of us. When I opened the front door to an outright downpour a couple of days later. She gives a few good descriptions and that is all she uses. overblown. I think that sometimes if you are too descriptive it can take away from the image. One technique that I like about Dessen is she isn·t extremely descriptive. the doors closed. ´The e-mail always began the same way.µ (Dessen 266) I like the very first couple of lines in this book. ´There·s something about living at the beach in the summer.µ (Dessen 302) I like how Dessen doesn·t have to be overly descriptive to paint the image in your mind. I just stood there for a moment. I looked at myself full-on. night and day. I think the first line is what determines if you are going to read the book or not. and the year.

This was the point where I·d always given into the crash. If anything. squeezing my eyes shut as the garbage can or bushes came closer. slower. it crept until my hands started to tingle. even as it kept moving forward.·µ (Dessen 14) 6. With white knuckles as the handlebars tried to slip away. with Hollis screaming.µ . the bike hitting the pavement with a bang beneath me. ´¶People don·t change. But now. and then finish the dialogue. ¶ I remember I used to sit in our bedroom. and just wish that once the door would open. put a thought. and you father would come in and say ¶Here. pick a path that didn·t run me into a tree. slower. I was getting closer. She will use dialogue. you get more set in your ways as you get older. I pulled down on the throttle as hard as I could. and moving on. The passage I decided to copy is when Auden has just learned to ride a bicycle and is jumping a curb. I·d let off the throttle going slower. and then I was coming down hard. You go rest.Kierstin Patton Creative Writing October 27. it wasn·t· even your dad I wanted. I was somehow back upright.µ (Dessen 373) ´The trees began to blur as I flew by them. the adrenaline started from my toes. closer. Not this time. closer.· She shook her head. give him to me. ´It only lasted a few seconds. not less. I kept them wide open and just held on. the next one flying by faster than the last. Also she will have someone talking and have that person quote another person.· Eventually. 2009 hard to use so I admire how she uses it. Anybody at all. and after a spray of sand. trying to fall over sideways. I could see the top. This is when it always happened. hanging on for dear life as the tires skidded. the engine roared. just anybody. I only had a few seconds to choose. I felt the shock all the way from my fingertips to my elbows as I tried to control the handlebars.

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