How many ideas do you have as an author? At this point, I have just way too many. There is no way I can write them all out before I am long gone. So, why do I keep adding thoughts and ideas to my bulging notebooks?
It’s what we do as writers. It might be the one that excites us in ways the other ideas have not.
Once I started writing, I had one idea. I was okay with that at the time since I was writing. I know a local writer who is working on her first book. When asked what other ideas were percolating, she stated this was her only idea. She was okay with that to write one book. Yes, the room went silent.
Another local author stated the same thing, but being around the group and other writers, she soon started to compile ideas and since have written another book.
It is contagious once you write an article, short story, novella to a full-length book. For us, once the writing bug has hit, it does not go away, if ever, regardless of how many ideas for books we will never get to write.
Do you love using flowery descriptions? Hmm, let me rephrase. Do you like flowery descriptions that go on page after page?
Count me as a resounding no. I know a few authors who love reading and writing in this format when it comes to descriptions. That is not me. I understand giving backstory, descriptive scenes, and the likes.
But what is the reason to give me over four to five pages of it? What happens is I will skim over it to make sure there is nothing that I need to know about the story. There are occasions I skip altogether.
I want the action, some action, heck, any action after reading about every aspect of a character’s clothing or household.
Maybe in some genres, this is how it works, but I don’t write in them.
Giving constructive criticism in a group setting, one has to balance telling the writer what works, does not work and make sure you don’t ruin what they feel is essential to their storyline.
I have heard some arguments why it is necessary. Granted, I have not agreed, but it is their story, and they will write it how they see fit.
But that is something you will never see in one of my books. If anyone happens to see it, please let me know. I must have been on a Pepsi withdrawal moment in my life where I was not thinking straight.