I’m always awestruck when I go to the symphony. The idea that a composer could hear all of those different instruments in his or her head and find a way to combine them all that’s both unique and pleasing just fascinates me. And then, one day, I realized that as writers we do the same thing.
As a writer, we can’t just be good at one thing. For example, I’m excellent at description, at bringing a setting to life with concrete details. But it’s not enough for me to excel at setting and sensory detail. I have to be able to make each character unique, to make my hero and heroine relatable and sympathetic, to create tension and suspense in every scene, to write dialogue that sparkles, a plot the surprises, a romance that makes the reader swoon. Just like a composer has to be able to write for strings and woodwinds and percussion, we have to be good at every aspect of the writing process or the story as a whole won’t work.
I try to pick a couple things in each WIP that I can focus on strengthening. For my current WIP, for instance, I’m focused on writing more compelling dialogue and upping the romance factor. I feel like in previous stories love has come too easily for my characters. In this story, I really want them to have to work for it, for the reader to wonder how these two will ever overcome the obstacles to be together. It’s still romance, so a happily ever after is a given, but I don’t want the road to the HEA to be all sunshine and roses.
So far this week I’ve written 1,389 words in “The Hedgewitch’s Charm.” This story is challenging me in so many ways, and I’m excited to see where it goes.
And I’ve read one chapter in “Dialogue” by Gloria Kempton.
A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop.
What about you? What are some of your strengths as a writer? What aspects of writing don’t come as easily, and how do you strengthen those aspects of your storytelling?