Monday, October 18, 2010
The most important chapters in any new book I write are of course chapters one through three.
Maybe they aren’t to you but these chapters are where I set up the tone, the setting, the main character’s personality and voice, the internal and external goal and some good old standby conflict. I also push for a unique opening sentence and I make sure I like my MC. No—love my MC. Cause if I don’t love her, I can be sure my Beta readers will hate her.
This process never used to happen until the past year.
Not until I was critiqued and edited and took some courses. I just sat down and wrote what my little heart desired without any organization or plan.
I never thought to study the way books were put together. Just read them for
content. (Don’t wag your finger at me. Did it already.)
But here is the problem. It’s all I do and it is driving me crazy.
I am so aware of technical aspects that quite often I have stopped partway through a book more than I have ever in my entire lifetime because of this or that but mostly because my attention span is much more difficult to maintain.
I hate it. I dread it.
I’m not sure how to overcome it or to focus.
There is a bright spot. It makes me aware that the next book I write better be so compelling that whoever reads it will also forget about those technical glitches too.
Is that possible?
So tell me, how to you separate your desire to read for pleasure with reading for technique and style?