Tag Archives: cozy mysteries

Feedback

23 Jan

….is food for the writer. It even has the word ‘feed’ in it. As a writer/author feedback is very important for your growth, but also for the growth of your story. Every draft you write takes you closer to the version that it was meant to be in the first place. It’s like creating a sculpture out of lifeless lump of clay. You can see what it’s supposed to be, and it will take a while to get it there.

After almost two years of being swallowed up by my new work, querying has taken a backseat. But now that I feel like I’ve got the hang of that thing we call Real Life, I’m back in the game. As I’m still querying the first novel in my cosy mystery, I’m already working on the second. At first I thought that was pointless, because I haven’t even published my first novel yet. I have the luxury, however, of being able to work on multiple stories, so it’s not like I can’t query more novels as a plan B. Also, I let a very critical friend read it and her boyfriend heard about the story and wanted to read it too. Now they’re both hooked and he kept asking me when I’d write the second novel. If that isn’t motivational, I don’t know what is. I also considered it a good exercise of my writing muscles without the pressure of knowing I want an agent to look at it. So I put finger to keyboard and mind to page and here I am…I have a murder in a hotel, an emotional mystery writer, and a love interest who is getting closer to making his move. Yay, the excitement.

What’s even more exciting is the feedback. I mean, after not playing with my characters for a while, it’s nice to know I still got it. And hearing that it’s well-written and just drags you in is just the thing you need to hear. Not just as an ego boost but also because it’s important to know when you’re on the right track. That’s equally important to knowing you’re not. Also, because my beta readers are impatient, I send them a few chapters each time so when they pick up on an inconsistency, I can immediately change it. I’m still going to let more beta readers ravage it, but only after I’m done. In the meantime I’m so happy to reconnect to my characters and let them grow even more.

More murders, more fun. Wait, that sounded psycho. I really must be a writer, then.

A Bad Example

21 Jun

The best way to learn is by seeing how other people do it. Good stories teach us how to write. As a writer I’m already very critical when reading stories, I can’t not be. With such an intense love for stories, it’s only natural to drink in the story completely and immediately taste when it’s bad. Sometimes it’s not enough to make you stop drinking, but sometimes it is. A story needs to sustain the willing suspension of disbelief. If you notice mistakes or discrepancies of any kind, it takes you out of the story and if there are too many, it’s impossible to get back in the story. It’s a writer’s job to do the story justice, unfortunately not everybody does that (or wants to do it) since it’s so easy to get your story into the world these days. But that’s a whole other blog post.
Reading bad stories is, however, not a waste of time. A bad example is still an example. Seeing how others do things can teach you two things. Either how to do it, or how NOT to do it. In either case you learn. But in only one case you have fun while learning.

I still write whatever story comes knocking in my head, but it used to be that those stories were mostly fantasy stories. I have a big imagination and like what you can do with it in the fantasy genre. Then, since I’m a lover of mysteries, I stumbled upon a cosy mysteries and fell in love with the genre instantly. I started with a series which ended up disappointing me in terms of characterisation and plot development, two VERY important parts of a story. This inspired me to write my very own cosy mystery and since then I actually can’t imagine ever not writing them. They are so ME. Which is why I’m glad that I was disappointed. Although, I doubt it would have taken long before I would have been inspired to write them based on reading good ones.

Is it strange to be inspired by bad writing? What inspires you?

%d bloggers like this: