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.
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.