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Writing What You Like

November 6, 2017

Common sense, right?

Write something that you’d like to read. It sounds easy, but what do you do when you are writing a novel and you start reading back over your story, and you don’t like it? Throw it out and start again? We’re talking 80,000 words, so, no. Throwing it out is not an option.

Step back and analize what you don’t like about it.

I don’t like the main character. Wow, that is a big one. Kind of intimidating. So I read some of my book reviews. Quite a few of the books that I rated five stars also had comments like, “I loved the characters in this book!” or “The characters seemed like old friends by the end of this book”. These authors must know something I don’t. So I decided to go back and reread the books and see how the authors developed their characters.

I’d recently read Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis. I loved Jasper and Emma, but I really loved Jasper’s Dad in a supporting role.

Visualize the people

In my mind I picture Jasper’s dad to look like Paul Newman in ┬áMessage In A Bottle so of course Jasper looks like Kevin Costner. Those two exchange zingers with each other throughout the whole movie. I loved the witty banter.

Jasper and his dad exchange zingers through out the whole book. Not only do they share witty conversation but so do Jasper and Emma.

I never knew I liked witty conversation.

How to encorporate that into my  novel

I knew what my character wanted, I knew what lie he told himself, I knew what trials he would face along the way, and I knew how he would be forever changed in the end. I just needed to make him more interesting, someone the readers would be routing for.

The mission

You thought I was going to give you the miracle answer, didn’t you?

Sorry, I am rereading some books to see how it’s done. I’ll get back with you when I figure it out.

Hey, it’s a journey.


About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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