Sorry this is late this morning! My wireless at home wasn't working. I put in several calls but the technician was unavailable, so I loaded the laptop and Tink into the car and headed to the coffee shop in town with wireless.
How do you know when your writing is boring? I mean if a writer writes a story and they are committed to the story and the characters, how do they know the story isn’t boring to someone else? They are living the story with the characters, going through what the characters are going through, but- maybe that life is more interesting than their own, but hardly something to write home about.
I read a story this weekend, that, while I enjoyed the historical information, the characters and story line were normal. Nothing that jumped out and grabbed me and made me want to continue reading the book other than to glean more historical information. I doubt the author of this story believes it is boring. So when does a writer know if they are boring their audience?
A book doesn’t have to have murder and mayhem all the way through to keep my attention, but the characters need to come to life. They can’t go about their day to day lives and keep me enthralled. Not unless there is a lot of emotional turmoil going on while they go about their daily routines.
A friend gave me Nora Robert’s “Angels Fall”. I’ve been reading it. It isn’t one I can’t put down, the characters have flaws, the secondary characters are characters, the setting is rural. She is doing less head hopping than in earlier books. But I’m not drawn to the characters as I’ve been in past books. And I’ve found myself skipping the brief paragraphs of setting. Which, I realize I don’t write much of in my own books. I don’t like to read sections of setting/scenery so I don’t write them. So, going back to my original question- since I also don’t like boring books, does that mean I don’t write boring books- or does it just mean I write what doesn’t bore me?
Thoughts on this?