I’ve been writing novels for many years now. My first books are much different than my latest because I work at perfecting the craft. I really, truly care about creating a professionally written tome. My first books are quick, fast paced and lack in description. The narrator told the story more than the characters showed it. I’ve been told by a lot of writers that it should be the other way around. The characters should show the story.
Okay. I got it.
I have a friend (I’ve known her for 25 years or so) who likes to read my books. It was with great anticipation I waited for her response to my latest book, “Lady Gwendolyn”. She called the other night and told me it wasn’t her favorite. It was too slow.
What? I mean…what?? This is my best work yet. Once I quit pouting, I began to think about what she said. And I began to think about her personality. She is, as I’ve come to term it, an “impatient reader.” She doesn’t want to be slowed down by description. Give her the quick and dirty and don’t waste her time.
I’ve always said (and believed) that every book has its audience. I just had no idea that it could mean the book I’ve been trying to avoid writing. It also explains why my first book has gotten many five star reviews on Amazon. I couldn’t figure it out for the longest time. But, now I know. I have an “impatient readership”.