I have been batting around a new novel idea for a month. Yep, I’m cheating on the book that I haven’t even finished. Shame on me.
Anyhow, the type of story I want to write is a good old adventure story. The type of story I would have wanted to read when I was a kid. Good old escapism.
To this end, I’ve purchased the novelization of The Goonies, written back in 1985. Seriously.
The Goonies is one of my favorite movies of all time. I so wanted to go on an adventure like those kids in that movie. Think about it. The movie has treasure, and gadgets, and pirates, an booty traps, I meam booby traps. And Hobbits. Well, Sean Astin at least.
The novel has the same, although it is written in first person from Mikey’s point of view. It’s a pretty good book. I remember reading it back in the day, although my copy was lost. So, I picked one up from Amazon for a penny (plus $3 shipping).
Now, I’m not trying to copy The Goonies. I am, however, trying to learn a bit of how the story is structured. I’m also hoping to achieve a similar “feel” with my story.
Anybody else using similiar tactics to help their writing?
PS Totally unrelated, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are dead to me. What a sorry excuse for an organization. Had to say it.