Hello out there,
It's WALSH WEDNESDAY. Happy Wednesday and I am definitely smiling knowing tomorrow is Thursday. We can officially say the "latter" part of the week.
I originally pictured these posts as day time uploads. Something to check out on a lunch break, or a fun thing to click on if you saw a tweet about it. Now they are turning into more of an 'evening' post. With nightfall as my backdrop, and a quiet and peaceful night here, it makes the posting at night more fun...sexier even? Maybe. Maybe not. :) Anyhow, here I am posting your Walsh Wednesday for you. And will be posting again next Wednesday evening.
Tonight I am talking about two things: the middle or "meat" of a story and why I like writing chick lit. I'm writing about these things together because I see them as related. First off, I have heard many different responses when it comes to the question of finishing a novel. I know some people completely stop reading when they get bored of a story, they can't get back into it, and they decide to abandon it altogether. I have friends who push through no matter what to finish a book because they have to see how it ends even if is is hard to get through. And then I know people who skim. They skim and even skip parts just to finish. I also once knew someone who read the ending of every book first. (That's just an odd side note but I did find it interesting).
So, what do you do? Are you a skipper, skimmer, or a soldier-on-er? I tend to skip. I hate to say that especially when someone has worked so hard but if the story loses steam, I can't push through. I will never return a book because I love to support other authors. But I honestly can't find it in me to continue on because once the magic is broken for me it's very hard to try and finish the book. It's picky and an impossible standard, but I want to read every single page and be engaged and excited to see what happens next. Not to say maybe a slow part here or there could exist, but overall the speed has to be spot on. This bring me to point #2: Chick Lit.
I love reading chick lit and even more so writing it. These are fun, fast paced stories that are meant to take you out of your world for a little while. They are light and affectionately known as 'beach reads,' 'summer reads,' 'plane reads,' 'lazily hanging out by pool' reads, etc. They need to be fast and not be bogged down in heavy detail or general boringness. By the way boringness is a word. I like it and may need to use it more. Now an important distinction is that although a story can be categorized as 'light and fluffy' it doesn't mean that the writing of it is simple or a light and fluffy process for that matter. Ironically, the easy, fast paced novel is often the hardest to write because you have to keep it moving and keep things interesting yet flesh out characters that are complex and deep enough for the reader to care about. To keep a reader engaged means you need a meaningful plot and likable characters. These characters need to be introduced and then immersed in an engaging plot surrounded by interactions with other characters and snappy dialogue and well detailed scenes all while being fun and interesting for a day in the sun. Not an easy task, but a FUN task or should I say challenge.
I love writing chick lit for this reason. I want to be able to have a story that stays with people long after they've read the book and kept them so engaged during the book that they can't wait to get home and finish up to see what happens. Or they're giddily reading it while in between meetings, waiting for an appointment, on a lunch break, etc.
Bottom line: If I can have a hand in making a part of your day or life lighter while you're reading a book of mine, then I feel I've done my job.
Thanks for reading this post and for joining me on this Walsh Wednesday. Have a good night wherever you are and wishing you a great book that is making you happy right now.
Walsh Wednesday, Post #2
Becoming Mrs. Walsh I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Xo.