It’s been ages since I posted! My apologies for that!
This year has proven to be a little hectic – in April I went self-employed, which comes with various additional tasks you have to do on a daily basis (not to mention a lot of maths), and with that, I also found time to put into my writing and reading.
I’ve been continuing to work on the new version of the first book of my fantasy-crime series, and though it is slow going (I finally decided the talking cat secondary protagonist would stay in with only two small parts to play), I am slowly progressing. I have a new opener that I like for the main female protagonist, and am currently in the process of writing the scene where she meets the main male protagonist in the series and her future husband (and then ex-husband).
I’ve noticed that some days my writing lacks description, seemingly slipping into the newer style of almost no description to help the reader visualise the scene. This trend has appeared not just in my writing, and has appeared because of social media. As it’s not vanishing any time soon, it begs the question: is less description better for my writing?
I think, personally, that it might not be. I enjoy reading my writing better if there is just enough description that it helps to paint the scene around. There’s nothing wrong with the other way, but I now have two new authors I like that have never once described their main protagonist, other than one having a moustache. It’s a bit off-putting for me not to know what the characters of these other writers look like, so I will ensure my writing keeps some description in.
It’s been a while since I wrote a serious piece for one of the books. I’ve been stepping into writing for the main series slowly (rather than the pieces I do for fun and character development), whilst toying with a new idea that at first I was going to make into a writing roleplaying fantasy forum.
Now though, I find that I have concerns over if there is an audience for the manuscript I am trying to get a literary agent with. Back when I wrote it in 2000-2003, and then when I rewrote it from scratch twice (latest being in 2009), there was an audience. Not that audience mattered when I wrote it, and in some ways, it still doesn’t. In fact, the only reason I worry now is that though I know there is an audience if I hunt for it and do lots of PR, a literary agent has to see the audience too.
Yet with books such as The Hunger Games, Games of Thrones and that Twilight series, I worry that the audience has been missed in the three years where I stopped writing due to continually changing circumstances that were too large to ignore. The manuscript that starts off my main series (which is fantasy crime in genre), is more of a quest + family feuds + crime and punishment.
Yet, there are similarities at least in the feuding if nothing else. I realise I shouldn’t let such a thing put me off either, but what concerns me if that if I do not believe in the manuscript’s ability to grab the audience by the agents‘ eyes, that it will shine through any new covering letters I write and affect its chances far worse.
Then there is the itch to write it again from scratch, to try and improve it further for the age range/audience it is for. I do not feel confident in my writing some days to allow this to happen again just yet either. Just like any writer I suppose, I have days when my writing is great (in my opinion of course), and other days where it’s not worth the piece of paper I’m writing on/electric bill the time taken on the computer will cost me.
I’m sure this feeling will pass, but probably not before I do rewrite it from scratch again!