Having the ability to vomit the written word at will is something that many of us can accomplish at the drop of a hat.
Actually having something to impart verbally without being verbose is something that I aspire too.
The beauty of writing for me is twofold. I can write as much crap as I like in my first pass, then I can go back and
cut the crap out of my verbosity remove anything that isn’t required.
If it doesn’t add to story? Slash it. Cut it out and dump it. Who cares if I spend hours/days et cetera getting it down?
Who cares? The point is to get it down, then make it readably enjoyable. What it boils down to is If my reader is going to fall asleep halfway through my salutation to The Good Lord Schmuck then I’ve missed my mark. I want my reader to be sitting on the edge of his/her seat yet not be aware of it. In all honesty, what I actually want is my reader to fall on his/her ass on the floor because they didn’t realise that they were on the edge of said their seat in the first place!
Why not just pump out the words and slap a happy edit on it and push it out to market? Be done with it already and move onto the next one? I hear you ask.
Is it pride? Or is it shame you query.
Certainly there is some of that mixed in there, but for me it’s mainly giving joy. I want my readers to enjoy what they read, voraciously.
I will never forget the day I was heading home on the train, reading a novel by a new author (to me) on my iPad. It was a steamy read and I’d only just begun. What I didn’t known at the time was that the author was very witty.
I snorted out so loud followed by erupting laughter that it turned heads in the train… and I didn’t care! Be assured that I do not like being the centre of attention. Ever. Yet I continued to snort and laugh my way through that book to the point where I got up and left that train with my face immersed in my iPad.
I ended up reading everything ever written by that author, and I joined her mailing list.
Now THAT ladies and gentlemen is what I want for my readers. To be thoroughly and completely entertained.
In an aside, I’ve just put a sneak peak of my front cover up on my Facebook page.