Reviewing the books

My schedule is brimming with reviews. Perhaps, overflowing. I’ve noticed a trend among the authors, and I include myself in this. There are starting mistakes that baby authors (I would consider myself at this point more of a temperamental teen) seem to make without fail. series photo HOme

It all seems to be fruit from the same tree. We write like it’s playing before us on TV. This is a huge mistake. Writing a book isn’t a visual thing. It’s sensual.

If you write only the visual or a shallow imitation of the sensual, the reader isn’t transported, and they soon don’t care what happens to your world. This is a very immature way to write a novel. I call it the copy cat method, writing only what you’ve seen before.

The beauty of reading a book, for me, is seeing things I’ve never seen before. So, if you have tons of scenes that include cliche or the crowd clap scene (my god, the crowd clap), I will put your book down. If I wanted that, I’d watch lifetime. People don’t bump into each other nearly as much as authors seem to think they do. Seriously, we’d all have a permanent concussion.

When I look back on scenes I’m most proud of, I see novelty, unusual thinking, or fresh circumstance that made me particularly drawn to the action. An example would be my opener in Riding,  we meet Dahlia when she is fighting mad, just off the battlefield and dealing with a huge problem, her ex endangering himself and others. In Home is the sailor, my favorite scene is something so removed from my daily life, I’m surprised I could imagine it, the recovery scene where the Carry Bell works to save a fighter pilot. Maybe, that’s why I like it.

The bottom line is, authors, if it’s been done before, you have to make it your own. If it’s been done to death, you have to make the best, or just not do it.

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  1. Great thinking! I agree with you. It’s a challenge to make the old new again, but that’s what authors need to do. Someone once said all the stories have already been told, many times before. We just need to make them fresh, communicate them to the world in a way that connects.

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    1. It seems there is an over romanticized view of life as an author.  we have to learn the rules of our craft. Once we’re good at them, we can start to break em. Lol. 

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  2. Great points here. Thinking creatively, and searching hard and deep for those words and phrases which bring your characters and setting to life, are all important. My own blog, The Muse, focuses on how writers can achieve this. Some of my posts have techniques and exercises to help the very real problem Jolie highlights here. Interested authors can find it here: http://www.odeliafloris.com/#!blog/c112v

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