I wrote in a previous post that “writing was the easy part.” Well, it IS easy to write, and I encourage everyone to do it; but writing a book isn’t that easy. And if that book happens to be fiction, it’s even harder.
To me, non-fiction is kind of a “gimme” if you are writing about what happened in your OWN life.
Now, on the other hand, if you’re writing something historical that relates to someone other than you, well, that takes a lot of research and fact-checking. I mean, you don’t know what was in another person’s mind, and maybe you weren’t there; those things need to be put together accurately . . . and RIGHT.
But, back to Fiction.
Fiction is the great playground of writing. You get the sublime opportunity to create people who never existed, living in worlds that may be foreign to all that we know. You could just go crazy with it . . . but you can’t.
No matter what planet, or the past, or the future, that you set your story in, you still must have people with personalities, and goals, and greater themes to which the average reader can somehow relate. That’s not so easy.
And lets not forget . . . what you write must pull readers along; they have to be invested enough in the character and plot to want to keep turning pages. “What’s going to happen next?” When you write, write around THAT question. If it excites YOU to find out, you’re on the right track.
Creating a world, and the people to fill it . . . that’s fiction. The beauty of it is that you are not constrained in any way by time, location, or even form – you can make what you want. The only caveat . . . you better have an interesting story to tell. It doesn’t matter if it is on Mars, or on Earth during a time that never existed, or two solar systems away.
Interesting, flawed characters, and a story that makes the reader want to turn the page. That’s what makes a best-seller. After all, we’re all “flawed” in our own way, and we can relate to those sorts of characters.
Sit down and write – it will do your soul good.
Many blessings To All…