The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for another post on my writing insecurities as part of the ISWG, hosted by the talented Alex J. Cavanaugh; a.k.a. the Ninja Captain. This month Alex has two co-hosts helping him- LG Keltner and CM Brown. Both talented bloggers who would love it if you popped over and said hello. You can also say hello to the over 300 bloggers that are part of this group.
So, what's bothering me? What is keeping me up, besides things that go bump in the night? This month's uncertainties lie in whether I can keep my readers turning the page. Is my writing strong enough to draw them in and hold them all the way to The End?
I have been on this writing journey for a few years now, and I've come to realize that readers are harsh critiques. They will put a book down in nano seconds, if something doesn't keep them turning the page.
Think about it. When you go into a book store, or library, how long do you read a book before you decide it's not for you? Five minutes? Two? One? Nano seconds? My point exactly. Most times we don't get past the blurb on the jacket before we sort the book into the, to be read or not for me, pile.
In this fast paced, over simulated world, black letters on a white page can seem quite unexciting. They don't move, sing, dance or jump out at you in 3-D. They just sit there, asking you to do something with them. Asking you to make the first move. Asking you to read them. To make time to fit this word puzzle together page by page, trusting that when you get to the end, you will like the story they've told.
What makes a reader want to do that? Why would they want to remove themselves from their world and spend time in the one I've created? Is it the voice? Character? Setting or all of the above? Can I do all of the above? Can I make each chapter, page, word, exciting enough to make my readers want to turn the page?
I hope so. As Einstein is quoted: "You never fail until you stop trying." I will keep trying and hopefully, create a world that makes my readers want to turn the page.