Writing is fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Some genres clearly demand more work than others.
How does a writer write? It may seem like an odd sort of question, but it is one readers ask quite frequently.
In July 2017, Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, committed suicide.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Space … the final frontier.
Er, no, not the kind of space I’m talking about. I mean “space” as in literal, physical spaces.
I love music. Who doesn’t? I’m sure there are a few people out there who prefer radio silence, and we all differ on what we think counts as “music”—and particularly what constitutes good music.
Depending on who you talk to (and how old they are), they might tell you we’re living in the information age. Or maybe the digital era. Or something to this effect. At any rate, what they mean is we’re currently living in an era super-powered by technology and technological advances. At risk of dating myself, I remember dial-up modems and VHS tapes and casettes. My parents remember “party-line” telephones and typewriters.
It’s the start of a brand new year. Most people see the turning of the calendar as a chance to wipe their slates clean and start over again. January is often a hopeful time. People make New Year’s resolutions, often setting themselves lofty goals to accomplish for the following year.
Developing characters is probably the most difficult aspect of writing. Well, almost every aspect of writing is difficult. Plots are full of holes, and sometimes getting the words down on the page is an uphill battle.
So why would I peg character development as the most difficult aspect of an admittedly difficult task?
“Are you a pantser or a plotter?”