I also learned that, although I like reading dark stories about monsters and evil people, I don’t particularly like writing them. Yes, I do add dark themes and characters, but in the end I try and inject some lightness into the narrative. The Fault in our Stars is a good example. It’s a terribly sad novel, but it’s funny and light-hearted, too. It’s not all shadows and death. I also like writing stories where the action always feels like it’s moving. Changing settings for example. I want to explore the worlds in books instead of exploring one single location. I’ve written stories that have done both, and I always prefer the changing locations. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is one of those stories that stays in the same location, more or less, and although it’s great, it does slow up a bit. That might also have something to do with spending time with one character for most of the trip, but still. Then you’ve got his book, Revival which skips across many different places, sometimes returning for revisits, too. They both work great, but I prefer the changing places.
Anyway, I’m going to get back to writing my novel because I miss it. In the meantime I’ll carry on with the smaller stuff, shorts and whatnot. Can’t forget about those things. Writing short stories helps a lot, and I can’t stress that enough. Always write short stories, as well as those novels. They’re golden. Some of the scariest Stephen King stories for me are shorts, like Apt Pupil and 1922. New projects are always exciting, but do try and avoid taking on more than you can manage. If you don’t then you might find yourself burning out of energy and the thing you really want to work on becomes jaded and pale. Stick at it and see what happens. Hey, if you write something bad, don’t get annoyed about it. You wrote something. That’s always worth celebrating.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Planes' by T.C.C ft. Nick Reeves
- 'Mine' by Phoebe Ryan ft. Illenium
- 'Black' by Pete Yorn
- 'Life on a Chain' by Pete Yorn
- 'Sleep Better' by Pete Yorn
- 'On Your Side' by Pete Yorn
- 'Dust and Echoes' by Halo: Combat Evolved Soundtrack
- 'Rock Anthem for Saving the World' by Halo: Combat Evolved Soundtrack