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Making it Worse and A Short Snippet

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(Insert apologies for long time between posts)

Snippet

(I would just like to say that, aside from my mother and I, no one has read this snippet)

The door swung open and Azzai tore his gaze from the woman atop him, glancing that way. Long, dark hair swayed as Alucair stopped inside the door. A hand went to his head as he sighed.

“Really, Azzai? You brought her here?” The older vampire’s voice was tinged with disappointment mixed with anger.

Azzai prodded the human girl off of him and tucked the blanket around her waist, leaving her pale breasts bare. She clung to his arm and looked up at him with adoration written on her face and in her glazed eyes.

Azzai shrugged as Alucair sighed again. “It’s not as if she’ll remember it. Now what’d you need?”

Azzai is a bastard. And one of my favorite characters.

Now onto the actual post!

 

“If that’s the worst you got, better put your fingers back to the key.”

You may recognize those lyrics, and whether you hate them or love them, I listen to Fall Out Boy.  Judge me if you will.

Now, I don’t know what these lyrics are supposed to mean, but I don’t think it means what I think when I hear that line.  When I hear those lyrics, I hear a challenge. And you, if you are a writer, should too.

You may already see what I’m getting at, but don’t get ahead of me, here.

When writing a book, typically fiction, you want to keep ramping up the pressure and the trouble that your characters are getting into.  If don’t, your book starts to stagnate. If your characters are coming up on things of the same challenge rating again and again, it’s never a surprise (to readers or to them) that they can over come it. It gets boring, and readers won’t stick around for long.

So “If that’s the worst you got, better put your fingers back to the key.”

I imagine one of my characters saying this to me whenever I finish a scene or confrontation. Is that the worst? No. It never is. It can always get worse.

A character escaped with only a scratch. Next time he breaks an arm. Someone turns out to be a traitor. Amp up the pressure. Keep the reader (and characters) guessing.

But you have to be careful with this. Not every problem can be life or death (though many can be). Throw in some levity. Some relief from the pressure. If you have all pressure all the time it gets tiring and just as boring to the reader as it would be if everything were too easy. In other words, find the balance. This is what beta readers are good for.

Speaking of beta readers, I will soon be looking for beta readers for The Forsaken and if you would like to be a beta reader, go ahead and click that email button up at the top right hand corner and send me your name (or what you would like me to call you), why you would like to be a beta reader, what email you would like me to send you your copy at and whatever information you think will be relevant.

Hopefully I will soon have an official sign up for you guys.