Writing a romantic scene:
That moment when one of your characters does something you would have never expected them to do, and it /hurts/ because you feel betrayed by them.
Oh gods a friend just asked me if she could read my story. I hope she knows what she is getting herself into because now I probably won’t shut up about it in her presence ever again.
Why is it that EVERY time I think of the perfect name for my book, I check it on Amazon and it’s taken? Are all of the snappy titles on the planet already in use?
And then I’m like:
Question Time: What personality traits annoy you the most in novel characters?
Since I’m asking, I’ll start with an obvious one. I really dislike helpless characters that constantly need to be pulled out of bad situations by others.
Don’t get me wrong — we all need a little help sometimes. I have had my fair share of being dragged out of corners I have backed myself into, and that’s human. But what I hate is when characters don’t learn from their own mistakes, and continue to flail without making any effort to prevent future errors.
What about you guys? Genuinely curious as an author, and as someone working on developing a few characters myself! I will post answers so others can learn from the feedback, too (provided I actually get any).
My manuscript is at 33,943 words.
It blows my mind that I have actually gotten this far. I’ve set a target for myself of 50k for the first book, and I am WELL on my way to it at this point. Which means that, once it’s done, I’ve edited it like NO OTHER, and I’ve sorted out some cover art and design elements, I am going to have a book. This is a huge deal for me. I have been writing since I was really little, but nothing I’ve ever done (with the exception of a fluffy fantasy piece I wrote in middle school) can compare. I’ve worked through a massive, MASSIVE writers block, and after many, many false starts with the premise I am currently working with, I have produced something coherent.
When it’s done and edited, I will be publishing this through Amazon, both in print and for Kindle. I’ll probably have to do quite a bit of marketing if I want it to get noticed by anyone important, and I am praying it is actually worth getting noticed by anyone important.
But guys. If there is anyone here who likes the little things I’ve said about the story so far, wants to read an unconventional take on werewolves, or just wants to support a new author, PLEASE watch this space. I can’t tell you how incredible it’s going to feel to see people who aren’t related to me/ my friends buying it.