Saturday, May 7, 2011

WriT Day

I am fickle when it comes to my interests, and they are always changing. Lets take reading as an example. If you were to ask me what my favorite genre was I would probably stare at you with a blank expression on my face as I tried to figure out a pattern to what I read. The problem is when I read too many books in one genre I need a break before I can go back to it.

It all boils down to tension. My poor little brain and heart can only handle so much. When I refer to a book as a page turner, it means that I literally couldn't put it down because I HAD to know how it ends, for my sanity.

Now, I know this is done on purpose. I know authors spend hours upon hours calculating the perfect amount of tension, slowly building it until it hits the breaking point. This is great, it's what they're supposed to do. But I am having a hard time with it.

As a writer, it is my job to create appropriate tension, to pull my readers in and make them invested. But as a NEW writer, it is heartbreaking for me to put obstacle after obstacle in front of my characters. Haven't they had enough?

The answer is no. It's tension that moves the story along. It's something that I NEED to get better at. So, as I approach my next round of editing, I will be relying on the information that I learned from an amazing article. Just follow this link to read it for yourself. I know I'm glad I found it. Thank you StumbleUpon!

And on a completely different topic, my friend Jenni posted this on her facebook page and I fell in love with it. It completely captures how I am feeling right now, reaffirming that I just need to practice, practice, practice. Enjoy!


  1. Original article (with video) where Ira Glass made that statement:
    Article that made that graphic: