WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
On the blog yesterday, Paty said "I think I finally figured out how to write a twist!" Apparently, this is something she wasn't sure she knew how to do. She's also shared a couple of wonderful reviews lately that have focused on the quality of her character development. That got me to thinking.
I bought a copy of Romantic Times last weekend and in the review of my October Intrigue, the reviewer said, "Alice Sharpe knows how to wrap a mystery within a mystery, and her faultless plotting and complicated clues add a bright spark to Royal Heir."
That tickled me pink. The reviewer couldn't know it, but that's what I worry about most. That's why proposals take me so long, because I struggle with making sure the plot twists and mysteries are tight. And because I worry that I am no good at this, a compliment on this front makes me smile inside.
But it also reminds me of what I want to work on next. In my case, it's the characters. When I wrote straight romance, I wrote more complicated characters, in a way, because so much of the book didn't have to be devoted to plot. Now I find I don't have time for as much character development but that's a flimsy excuse. Of course there's time. I just need to make it, I need to put as much energy into that aspect as I do complicated plot twists.
I bet there's an aspect of her writing that Paty would like to make better, too. And I bet there is something about everyone's writing that they have the gut instinct (if not the out and out knowledge) they need to improve in the quest to make every part of their story as good as the other.
With me, it's the people. I want to round them out more, make sure their stories shape them. Michael Hauge's workshop in Dallas this year is the same workshop he gave and I attended the year before, but back then it didn't get to me the way it did this year and I believe this is why. I wasn't ready to hear it. I was still plotting. This year, along came Hauge's workshop again and this year it clicked. In the next few books, I am going to try my best to make my people achieve a full arc.
How about you? What would you like to improve about your own writing? Character arc? Tension? More complicated plots? Humor? Sex? Romance? Locals? Technical facts? The list must go on and on. Do you know how to go about making the changes you feel you should make?
I won't be around today as much as usual so Eli said she'd keep checking in and I'll do my best to check in, too. I'm anxious to see if I am the only one who senses it's time to push forward!