Ah, to be a writer. I love when that first spark of inspiration hits you. How it can be a simple phrase, a facial expression, a place, a feeling, or a trait and from there the idea will spread out like oil on water. It gets bigger and bigger to the point where I must write it down to explore it more.
How the characters constantly surprise and delight me with their antics and personality; that’s the rush of writing. The first time I tried to explain to someone how the character apparently was this or that, they stopped me and said, “You know you are creating the character, right?”
But it’s not that simple. I may have started out with a few character traits but the characters are their own entities. They tell me who they are and where they are from, I have to honor who they are and don’t misunderstand how they would react to things. Sometimes they take things in the opposite direction because of who they are but that’s alright. I can only follow what their heart tells them what to do. At those moments, the writer must learn to adapt their story and trust that the character knows what they are doing. I love those adventures into their life.
May I always be surprise by my characters,
The dutiful writer.
Series are best read in order, period. I know this. Yet again, I failed to listen to my own rule and I read a book that was #4, without reading 1-3. Because of that I didn’t like the book. I couldn’t buy into the story line like you can when you first meet a character and crazy stuff starts to happen around them.
It seems no matter what series I read that if I don’t start at the beginning, I have a hard time connecting to the main character. Is it because the author doesn’t take as much time with developing the character in later books? Or is that the character’s world is so twisted out of normal that everything they do without knowing the background is seems over the top?
Whatever the reason, I shall now listen to my own advice and start with #1. Then by the time the main character is swinging from chandelier with two midgets, I could possibly buy it.
My synopsis and query letter are in the last stage of plastic surgery before I send them out. I have been fretting over this for months and neglecting my newest piece. Now that I have the time, I am sapped and don’t feel inclined to do the work.
Just writing those words feels like a cop out, but my other option is to stare at a blinking cursor until I make it sluggishly dance across the page spewing out cliches and uninspired crap. And yet if I do so, I will eventually break my creative speed bump. By getting the words on the page I will then have a baseline to shape, mold, and make better but only when I do the freakin’ work and quit belly aching about it.
Just do the work, Melissa.
Creative juices comes to those who work,
There is nothing more compelling in a story than to have a problem for your main character to work on in their real life before the story whisks them onto new chaos. I just started reading the In Death series by J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts). I now know why people snatch her books off the shelves. Her characters are rich, full and struggling.
I was hesitant to read the series because I tend to get sucked in. Once I start reading, I want to go from #1 till the end, which in this case is #35 and counting. But I am so glad that I picked the series up because now I’m going to sit down and reread them so I can understand how she wrote such a great compelling start to the series.
Words at the ready,