It started me thinking about our writing. Is the same excitement still in our stories after a few years? Are we still laughing, dancing, and getting to know our characters well as we write?
One of my fave authors for decades is still writing, but I’ve noticed I can figure out whodunit by page ten or twenty at the most. After spending fifteen or so dollars for her new book only to know by page ten who the culprit is, I have to wonder if she’s just lost her excitement. Yes, a twelve million dollar contract would rev me up, all right, but for how long? Does complacency set in for everyone no matter the money, no matter the thousands and millions of readers who just wait for your next book to release?
Don’t let your stories down, don’t let yourself down, but more importantly, don’t let your readers down when you write a new story.
Picture yourself as a first-time college student, dancing with your hands in the air, laughing, smiling, getting to know your new friends, your new characters. Telling their new story.
Then dance like no one is watching and let the excitement flow!