Archive for July 15th, 2010

My book sales are down. Really down. I don’t know what’s different, but I’m trying not to get too discouraged by it. I’m still selling a lot more than I was in May. But I don’t think it’s going to hit June’s numbers. I’m NOT going to be upset! I need to release something new. That always seems to help.

Now onto that new project. I’ve been having a hard time getting into my characters. They are falling flat with not enough emotion. (There’s more action in this story.) I didn’t know what to do. But now I think I’ve figured out the problem. I’ve always written in third person limited. So the readers only know the thoughts of the main character. But through this whole story, I keep thinking about what the male character would be thinking. Suddenly, it dawned on me. That’s why I can’t “feel” the characters. The male main character wants out! So I think I’m going to go back to the beginning (I’ve only written 6 chapters) and give his point of view as well as the female main character’s. I think that’s what this story is missing. The reason I have avoided 3rd person omniscient in the past is because of the difficulty of writing a love scene. But I think I can resolve that. I may revert to only the female’s thoughts in that instance. Or not. I would say, hey I’m the writer, it’s my choice. But is it really? No, the characters make the choice. They always make the choices for me. So let’s do it.

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