Here is a video review of Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford. It is an autobiography of her life growing up as the adopted daughter of Joan Crawford. The book was very well written, and at times intense. I really felt for Christina but also thought a lot about why Joan may have been the way she was. I discuss all these in the video below. I gave it 4/5 stars!
It took me about a month to read this book, and it was not because I did not like it. In fact, I was looking forward to reading this book since it came out and I was NOT disappointed. Malala’s story is one of inspiration and a realism that is just unmatched by any fiction that I have read. Now I know this is a true story and I want to say the best part of reading this inspiring story was how this remarkable young woman took something that could have made her so angry and bitter and turned it into not only something positive but a lesson for everyone. She had already learned the lessons she is trying to teach but as I read this story it became clear that she was not only fighting for girls to get an education in her country but also for the rest of the world’s young women.
When I finished this book and read the final chapter it brought many thoughts to my mind, the first of which was it would be an honor to meet this young woman as I have already heard her speak via a wonderful interview on 20/20 and she is just so insightful and full of life despite having hers almost ripped away from her. I applaud Malala for her efforts and I know she will not see this review but I wish her true happiness and that she may return home to peace and wholeness for herself and those she holds most dear.
Ever tried writing about something and caught a headache when expanding your thoughts and ideas? Ever been called a superficial writer? Have you ever battled strongly with writer’s block? If so, you’ve probably had a share of shallow writing. To my understanding, shallow writing is writing about something without giving out the purpose and exact meaning of the writing. When writing a novel, preface, or introduction, writers tend to give you a snippet and synopsis because they don’t want you (as the reader) to lose interest too quickly. Think about the first time you went swimming. You took the first three steps into the pool and though you saw others swimming in the deep portion of the pool, you stayed in shallow waters. You didn’t want to take the risk of drowning. Writers often feel the same way.
I strongly believe shallow writing comes with the fear of being drowned in criticism and losing a good reputation as an author. The deeper one goes into writing, the more emotion they display. They’re more vulnerable and bound to revealing personal aspects in their lives that they did not intend on revealing to the audience. Shallow writing is a give and take and it all depends on the author’s purpose. Sometimes, shallow writing is a benefit because the intent for writing is to summarize and give a brief description. Other times, shallow writing is inappropriate. Examples would be writing poetry, outlining a plot, and writing an autobiography. Readers expect to visualize pictures and events occurring in their minds. Reading is dull to them when there’s no suspense or nothing worth looking forward to read.
So, how do I overcome shallow writing and how do I get over the fear of my reputation probably being destroyed? The simple answer is you have to take risks. Some readers you will win and some you will lose. Breathe, take chances, and expect positive outcomes! The more you give of your inner self, the greater the impact and influence will be upon you and the piece of writing. Do you like to watch the news? If so, you’ll notice how the news talks more about criminal activity rather than positive things in the community. Many people love hearing drama and dirt and are more prone to accepting you as an authentic writer by ridding out shallow writing. Be authentic, be real, be you, and enjoy writing in a way that satisfies your inner and outer self.
Find a quiet place, find a pen or pencil (your choice), grab some tissues, have a cup of coffee, and allow yourself to open up! Get rid of shallow writing and give your reader(s) the extraordinary!