Lately there has been some serious discussions, with some of my writing friends, about creative writing skills and the like. We're talking about expanding our HODRW group to helping some of the new writers that have joined, into becoming successful authors.
I believe in paying it forward, as it were, and that no one (in our group anyway) is too successful, ie: New York Times Best Sellers, to help some of these writers with learning creative writing skills and critiquing. Plus, not to mention, you get to know people better and create new friendships.
One of the subjects that came up between a fellow writer and I, was about people's shorter attention spans these days and what that means when writing books.
I believe this particular subject has been misunderstood. Of course, this is only my opinion, but thinking on it harder, since I do write to a younger audience, it has come to my attention that even author's with years of books under their belts and are on the NYTBL, it has been taken out of context.
What does this mean exactly? I've heard comments such as "This can't be true. Look at the size of some of the most popular books out there."
Truer words have never been spoken!
Some authors mistakenly think this means no depth to their stories, no character investment, and no longer than 85 thousand words. They write their books with 2-3 page chapters, telling you this happens, then that, and leave you with very little plot. Plus there isn't any character development, (or very little) so it leaves you empty, searching for more.
Now I have seen this trend in not only the newer writers, but the big time author's as well, and I have to say, this is not what this means.
What I believe it means is ie: no info dump, no telling, (or very little), and write a story people can get lost in.
There is nothing worse that finding yourself skimming through pages, and being left with a feeling of frustration and wishing you never bought that book.
If your story sounds hum-drum then you need to rewrite. If the pacing is wrong and there are too many explanations, and redundancies, then you need to rewrite. And if you have an editor marking issues in your manuscript, you need to follow their advice and fix them.
There is nothing wrong with the attention spans of readers today, they just aren't interested in books with these problems. Even if they don't know what is wrong with the book, they know they are skimming and they don't tell their friends to check out your book(s).
So when you sit down to work on your book, think about what it will take to reach these goals and to put out a book that most will enjoy and pass on. Success really is the key to a career in writing.
I am taking next week off from the blog and concentrating on Fated the novella, and Lore, the second book in the series. Plus, it's my wedding anniversary and I will be spending much needed extra time with my husband!
I will be back Tuesday August 5th and I will still pop in Facebook and twitter.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to comment, I love hearing form you!