Crossing Over, the section by Samantha Power, was the one that caught my attention through this section. The first part talks about her struggle in writing about hte atrocities of multiple genocides throughout the world and the lack of response that the United State shown again and again in such circumstances. Obviously when it is worked like that, people are going to care. Her struggle was writing about something that ALREADY happened, some of them years before, and keeping people intrigued in her story. While I am not, nor do I plan, to write on multiple genocides through out the world, Powers doesn't bring up a situation that many times we are faced with; especially as student and aspiring writers. How do we take an angle and make it so that people care about what we write about even though tis been done before? How do we find that different angle that makes our story the one to read and still teach something new? I am still struggling to answer these questions for myself. I think Powers shows that more research is a way to go about finding a new angle in a story. Go back to the beginning and find out what happened that not many people know about, and open that topic up and take it apart piece by piece.
A second part that I found interesting, and IMPORTANT, is on page 283. " Handing the story over to my characters was key. A writer should develop a strong voice, but not one that rises to such a pitch that is distracts readers." I think this is the most important information we can learn as prospective writers. If you are going to write about yourself, that is fine and dandy. But when you are telling a story about someone and they are giving their time to tell you about it. Guess who I don't want to hear in the story? You the author. Lately at the station the producers have been hounding the reporters to "do a stand up in the field" or "put yourself into the story". But I have to ask myself...why? What do I add other than another face? I am literally just saying information I have either learned through research or something the people I am writing about have told me. Why not just let them tell it? It happened to them.