Now when I do slap down my money and purchase a book it’s because I want to know something. Entertainment is great, but I still want to know what’s really going on. I want the author to suck me in with description and not always with shock to the heart blood curdling action. I want to get to know these people I have brought into my home and sometimes share my bed. I want to know why the female character didn’t slap the hell out of the person that irritated her so much. Was it something in her past? How would I know if there is no back story or a bit of biography somewhere in the story line? It doesn’t bother me to read about my character waking, or dreaming (night or day). Not even if she/he’s a narcoleptic maniac.
Sometimes I like to read about the ‘name brand’ items the characters own or wants to buy. They may be just the form of advertisement that spurs me on to purchase my own item or better yet, make me congratulate myself for having the terrific foretaste to have already purchased that item.
I write prologues and sometimes I don’t. I write back stories or my characters talk so much eventually they will even spill the beans on the size panties their mom wears. And then sometimes I don't. I write anything from history to picture books and that’s the way I read. I write because I read.
In other words…if all of these things are taken out of books and the entire writing process becomes a dot to dot formula, who will read? We already live in such a two-minute commercial based world and before you know it books will be written in 140 characters or less and that will be it and all. But if that's what it takes to get a book published, then people (my characters) shut the hell up about your mama, get over your past life, and get some action going for the future, 'cause you have a ticket for
the query train.
Ok, usually I save posts like this for my rant blog-PencilnPen because sometimes I talk.
-PencilnPen because sometimes I talk.
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