Words Falling From A Page

Effortless. That’s how I want a reader to feel when he or she picks up one of my books to read. That the words fall from the page and glide without hindrance into their mind creating a world that stands vibrant before them.

These are the types of books that I love to fall into as well. Always have, always will. When I feel as if I am standing side by side with the characters in a book from the very beginning, I often find myself skipping lunch, the load of laundry that stares at me from the floor or the dishes in the sink that need cleaning. It is a clear indication that my imagination craves its attention.

I am a very busy wife and mother. I homeschool all 3 of my boys, I clean house, grocery shop and run children to and from sports activities. I also work from home 20-25 hours a week doing social media/marketing work for a successful company here in Dallas. And of course…I write. A lot. Surprisingly I am able to manage all the items on my to-do list with time to spare. Crazy right?! Multi-tasking is my best friend. I pray it never leaves me! 🙂

I started writing at a very young age. Yet I would always start something or some idea and never finish it. I think the bottom line was…I never thought I was good enough. What I’ve learned over the years though is that you CANNOT compare yourself to someone else. We are all very different. The ideas that we come up with, our unique writing style, the voice we portray to a reader…it’s our very own. I love J.K. Rowling. The woman is a genius to me. But, I am not like nor do I want to be like her. I am me.

What I do want (that I think most if not all author’s want) is to write something that someone will want to read…and tell someone else about it. I write because I want to, I need to, but I also write for you. But the words that I write, need to fall easily from the page and into the minds of others. I can see my character’s face, the way her hair looks, the way she carries herself. I also see the world she lives in, the pictures that hang on her bedroom wall and the insecurities she hides deep within herself. You have to see that too. What good is a book if you can’t see what the author sees?

I love fiction…I love young adult fiction. I can write non-fiction, but I can’t create imaginary things. I MUST create imaginary things. My brain says so. Hence, fiction it is. 🙂

What makes a book stand out or shine for you? Is it a great love triangle, a strong character portrayal, mystery and darkness seeping from every corner? What? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Writing is effortless for me, but I take it seriously. It has to bubble over with imagery and abundant twists and turns for me to even consider it publishable. Thankfully, my mind is pretty full of “bubbles” and “abundance”. (snicker)

Happy Friday!

~ VSK

Comments

  1. Almost without fail it’s the protagonist for me. If the protagonist is one I wish I could befriend in the real world, the story itself needn’t be the strongest.

    I got a lot of flak from friends when I said I didn’t like the Hunger Games books. (I read the first but stopped about 50 pages into the second.) I didn’t care about Katniss. At all. I didn’t like her. I didn’t dislike her. Hence, all of the action around her was meaningless to me, because I wasn’t invested in her. One of my early posts was actually about how I wished I could transplant another YA protagonist (Sophia FitzOsborne from the Montmaray books) into the Hunger Games to make it one that resonated with me.

    • You are amazing my friend! And you know what? I did not like The Hunger Games either. I made it to page 22 and stopped. I heard from several friends the first book was the best…meaning the 2nd and 3rd were not well written or worth reading. Very few times have I EVER put a book down unfinished. I usually follow through despite my desire to quit. This was one of the few I could not finish…it had “quit” written all over it.

      Love the insight on loving the protagonist! I can relate with you here.

      Thanks for the follow! I am following you now as well. “The Monster’s Daughter” sounds amazing! I will be grabbing a copy via Amazon. 🙂

      • I feel so guilty as I admit this, but I actually cheered when I started reading your comment! I know that the friend who recommends two-thirds of the book I read said she didn’t enjoy it and suspected I wouldn’t, but I couldn’t imagine that in light of all the rave reviews I’d read. (It was fun rereading my THG post again today after commenting here. Since this post, I’ve tended to be a lot more quiet about my thoughts on the book.)

        Thank you so much for taking a look at The Monster’s Daughter! I only had a moment to sneak a peek here from the office earlier, but I’m excited to learn more about your works. And you! Your multi-tasking comments felt very, very familiar to me. Once upon a time, I use to have hour upon hour daily to write; now, I savor my 20-30 minutes and wish I’d appreciated all the time I had when I had it in bygone years!

      • Deborah!

        Do you know how awesome you are?! Seriously my friend…I woke up this morning and saw this sweet little reply not to mention the FB tag (which accumulated to 7 new followers by the way). How can I EVER thank you! You’re amazing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Okay? Okay…I’m glad we’ve cleared that up.

        I myself am 33. Elizabeth Wakefield?! Memories right there. And, you are a super hero. You’re a mother. We do wear capes, Deborah. I see yours flapping in the breeze behind you.

        I hope my postmaster shows up soon with the cool book I’ve ordered from Amazon soon. (clearing throat and pointing at you) I have a distinct feeling a nice review and FB tagging will follow suit. Stay tuned. (wink, wink)

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