Thursday, August 23, 2012

Does Your Story Ring True?

Before I get to my muse for the week I have an announcement. Yes, I know, Michelle was supposed to be here today, but she had something come up at the last minute. It is an important task, and I don't blame her. She has been asked to speak at a memorial for the soldiers who recently lost their lives in Afghanistan. So, in my book, she is excused. I will be hosting a special blog post for her tomorrow and she said she will be around to answer any questions or comments you might have, so check in tomorrow! I hope you come and give her support!

In the mean time, I am blogging about my book today. First and foremost, I am at the end of my rewrite, YAY! Only 13 more pages to sift through and make sound like a novel! This is one of the most critical parts of the book, the climax and the end. It has to be good, and it has to make you anxious for my next book in the series, so it's taking a little longer than expected. But, it will be done by the end of this week! I am so excited!

But, there is a part that has left me anxious myself and I need to change it in the story. It's not really a big part, but it could make all the difference in the world, in the long run. 

I don't know about all you other writer's, but have you ever come across a story line in your book that won't fit in your series in the future? I have this dilemma. So, when I get back to this part I have to actually research our universe in order for it to come out truthful. Yes, I said the universe, because it literally has to do with the planets and stars. No matter though, it will all work out. There are things that happen in our galaxy that will fit the criteria. I just have to find out what they are. 

When writing a story, or even just a scene, or plot, it absolutely has to ring true. To me, there is nothing worse than reading a book, even if it's a book about another world, that has a scene that just doesn't fit with the story. For example: If you are writing a story that has real life witches and vampires, but they are hidden from the humans, then you have to make sure that the things the supernatural characters do in your book is hidden from the 'reality' parts. Otherwise, it takes your story in a whole other direction.

I have also read books where the scene is in another world and the writer set up the criteria of who has what powers. So, your reading along and you know this one character can change into something else, like a wolf, but all of a sudden at the climax of the book, this character can now disappear and reappear across the canyon so that he can kill the bad guy, and they add it like you should have known they had this power all along. That makes the book 'B' rate in my opinion. So, now you can see, for those of you who aren't writers, the issues we face when writing a realistic story. Even if the story is in a make-believe world. You can't write a historical fiction say, and the setting is during the civil war, and the bad guy jumps in a Porsche and drives off. It just won't work.

But, back to my struggle. As you can see, I want my book to bring you into my world and keep you there right to the end. And, I want you coming back for more. I know I love writing more! So, all you writers, have you had to change all or part of your stories to ring true before? Or how about you readers, have you read something that threw you for a loop and left you feeling let down?

Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts, or maybe even answers to my questions. I will see you back here tomorrow with my guest Michelle Benavidez. Until then, have a wonderful rest of your day!

Love, Lisa


  1. I know what you mean, Lisa. I'm writing an historical fiction novel and at one point I had the mother, in the late 1800s, swinging her toddler through the air "like an airplane." Then I caught myself and changed it to a bird. We have to be very careful of when and where we're writing. Thank you for a good post.

  2. Thank you I enjoyed this. So necessary to be vigilant!

  3. LOL! I love it Linda! That is perfect! Yes, we have to be very careful, but it is easy to make mistakes like that one!

  4. Thanks Susan, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope both of you stop by tomorrow for my guest Michelle! It would be great to have your comments!

  5. Looking forward to your book Lisa! I didn't even know you were writing one till I stumbled upon your blog here! ::sigh:: I'd love to be able to create fiction, but despite having read somewhere on the order of 10,000 novels in my life (heh, that include all the "Hardy Boys" etc as a kid...) I've got NOOOO fiction writing ability. My one real foray into the area (TobakkoNacht - The Story ; on Kindle) was highly politically driven and even though it's under 10,000 words it took a LOT of work to beat it into decent shape.


  6. That's okay Michael, you write great non-fiction! Fiction's not for everybody to write that is! I am glad you are looking forward to my book and I will try to keep you in mind when I announce it! You know you could always sign up for my blog and then you will be updated to my current events!