On Monday I left a little tidbit at the end about how I’m writing differently.
The truth is, last week I came to grips with my focus and the things I write.
I thought about what I enjoy reading, why I enjoy those things and how they can become part of what I write.
It’s about the characters stupid!
Sure the story makes a difference but if I don’t like the characters I’ll quit on a book.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading the Bosch books by Michael Connelly.
I’ve read crime books in the past but Connelly makes you like his characters and makes you care about them.
That I’ve gone through 4 of his books in the last week is a testament to his character creation as well as the world he creates.
I’ve always tried to write stories and throw monsters or fantasy elements into them early.
In the past week I noticed I wasn’t writing about characters I really liked. I cared more about throwing the fantasy or horror elements in.
I haven’t always done this but my writing lately leaned that way.
I forgot that characters are the most important feature of a story. If the reader loves the characters they may forgive you for other story screw ups.
This week I’m focusing on short stories with characters as the focal point and the horror or fantasy as secondary.
I wish I knew why my mind strayed from this but I mean to rectify it from now on.
That’s where I’ve been with my writing.
Friday I’ll talk about my emotional state because that’s important.
Have a good week.