Thursday, July 9, 2020

Why We have The Novel + Writing Update

Hello Readers!

I apologize for once again disappearing, but I'm going to be (hopefully) posting every-other-week again soon. 

As I've been working on some school that got neglected during my writing class. In British Literature, we just learned about Daniel Defoe. He is the father of the novel. 

Daddy has been reading Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe out-loud to us as a family and I have been enjoying it. 

I admire Defoe in two ways: One as a writer and two as a reader.

As a Writer:
Defoe wrote in first-person narration. I've tried that and it is very hard to write for two reasons: 1) It can be hard to keep the story moving and 2) It's easy to give too much detail. Most novelists prefer third-person because it's easier to write and to read. As a writer, I appreciate the different themes and descriptions woven throughout the novel. Defoe balanced, giving enough detail, and keeping the story moving along. Because of this, it's easy to put yourself in his character's shoes and become immersed in the story. 

As a Reader:
First-person works well for this novel because it's easy as a reader insert yourself into the story. I love the biblical truths that Defoe inserts so perfectly without coming across as preachy or annoying. The principles shown in the book are good examples for our lives today. It's an engaging story. It's also has a good vocabulary and doesn't dumb anything down. 

Defoe knew what people loved and wrote it well. Whether you're a reader or a writer, I encourage you to check out Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. 

Writing Update:
So some of you may be wondering if I've even been writing in all this crazy and what I've been up to. 
I went through Everlasting Gold and picked out the typos and corrected them. It's currently in the capable hands of my proofreaders. After they are done, I'll fix the formatting and republish it! This should happen around mid-August.
Sadly, I had to pass on July-Camp this year :( 
A question everyone seems to be asking me is 'Am I going to do NaNoWriMo?' The answer is... Yes! Do I know what I'm going to write about? Nope, I haven't the foggiest. (Pardon the British that popped in there) 

I hope you enjoyed this and I'm hoping to publish my first official book review. (I don't consider this post a book review for some reason...)  

Have a lovely week :)

~Mattie May


  1. It's wonderful to see you posting again, Mattie! :)

  2. We were excited to see the book for sale at the Generations table at the Christian Heritage Homeschooling conference last year which was the 300th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe. According to them their edition, "Preserves the original Christian content, often removed in modern abridged editions."