Blog update - megan29
I posted a flash story that I wrote for a competition (< 750 words). All feedback - especially criticism - highly appreciated. Enjoy!http://macaronicus.blogspot.com
You know, I forgot to add this to my comment on your web site. Is the novel you're working on a mystery? Because your flash story really read like a mystery - you have the kind of voice that suits genre mystery.
|Date:||September 11th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, my novel has mystery/thriller elements, although the main theme is a treasure hunting adventure. I'm not sure how to query it, but I think I'll label it adventure/thriller. I've looked in B&N at authors writing similar things, and they're filed under 'fiction' - which is a big stretch, imho.
Anyway, I'm so glad you think my voice is suited to this! I'm trying to develop a bit more descriptive skills, b/c right now I feel that my writing is too breezy, almost sketchy. I'm so impatient to convey plot, that I forget to take the time and smell the roses. Or rather, plant the roses. LOL. But I do aim to write fast paced mysteries, so hopefully I can write adequately for that. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Edited at 2014-09-11 07:03 pm (UTC)
The thing that no craft book or editor can teach is "voice." I don't have the high drama voice for certain lines in genre romance - and no matter what I try, I can't pull it off. I'm much more suited to "sweet romance" or family sagas. If you want to write mysteries than you've got half the battle won with your voice. (You can always add in descriptions later)
|Date:||September 11th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)|| |
Do you know what I've been stuck on for several weeks? The one and only romantic scene in my book. Even though I read my share of romance, and like it, I find I cannot write it with any degree of competence. Maybe we should collaborate - I'll write your action sequence, and you write my romantic one! :-) I don't want to force myself to write what doesn't come natural to me, so no way will I ever attempt to write a romance. But once in a while, you need to be able to write a scene in a style that doesn't come easy to you. Because readers want some romance in an adventure, and want some action in a romance. The trick is to practice practice practice, and just get through it the best you can. (I need to take my own advice!)
So yeah, don't write genre romance that feels awkward to you. Write what comes natural and what you would like to read.
|Date:||September 12th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)|| |
I think there were a lot of in-jokes I didn't get. I was somewhat confused during most of that. I recognised one name so I am guessing Arch and Ruby are computer-related too.
|Date:||September 12th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, there are some in-jokes (in particular, the instructions look like scripts to stop or erase a program) - but I was hoping that it didn't matter whether or not you understood them. The words are pretty informative in plain English, as well. :-) I hope the confusion was cleared by the end of the story - otherwise, it means I did a crappy job of it. Ruby is a programming language. Arch comes from Arch Linux, a version of the Linux operating system (I had to go looking for a male-sounding name; Arch is definitely not a well-known name in IT). Thanks for reading and commenting!
|Date:||September 13th, 2014 09:17 am (UTC)|| |
Yes, I worked it out as I went along. I could tell it was some sort of computer-speak but wasn't quite sure what (I thought there were some game references in there as well). As Mary said, confusion is OK in short spells.
|Date:||September 13th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)|| |
OK, thanks for the additional feedback. These flash stories are a great way to practice, so it helps a lot to know what works and what doesn't. And yes, I used a game as the framework. In my original version, Arch was acting more like an operating system, and even my husband got confused and said my writing didn't make sense. So I decided to make Arch a character in a game instead.