Oh man, I hate writing about this subject. I am so guilty of this!
So here is the scoop, if you are an author, writer, or just want to be one, you should read this.
A few years ago, I wrote a tale about two young ladies who find love in each other’s arms. That seems relatively innocuous but…I then bring in some forbidden love that rocks their world and changes the dynamics of the novel completely.
Kitties Titties and Winks turned out to be one of the naughty best sellers I have done. Now we know who the readers of this novel might be.
Ok, I am not judging anyone. I write this stuff for your enjoyment. The story, no matter what, must hold your attention. If you like me have ever been reading a book and the time slides past your bedtime, you know where I am going. ‘Just one more chapter.’
To me, that is the mark of a good storyteller, I can’t put the damned thing down. Fair warning I have learned this technique of the years and will be going back and employing it on earlier novels as time permits.
The problem with me is, I rarely ever hear or read a word that I don’t know. Not bragging, I have something known as an eidetic memory. If we are talking, I can recreate the conversation in reasonably accurate detail. Usually, I employ this ‘gift’ when I hear a word I don’t know.
When I choose to use those words, guess what, I eject the average reader out of the story. If I were to write: “Julie wanted to be pragmatic about the whole situation but, her husband’s gesticulations gave her a sense that he would be truculent if she pushed it further. Vs. Julie wanted to be sensible about the whole situation, but her husband’s gestures gave her a sense that he would be hostile if she pushed it further.
Which one of those two sentences would you rather read?
I like the first one as there is not a word in it that I don’t use every day in everyday discourse.
Your audience, if they are being honest, would rather see the second sentence.
While we are storytellers, and yes, we have intellectual prowess over the average reader…probably…, the average reader is who we want to titillate with our tales. We don’t want them to have to work. Our job is to entertain, not teach.
I would argue that our job is both; however, I want to write something that has appeal to most people. That means my pretties, we have to write to a seventh grade, and some would say fifth-grade reading level. More people watch TV than read.
Fair warning, where science fiction is concerned, I write for college-age people. If you don’t know a word, hit the little button on Kindle, and it will tell you.
We love our readers. We genuinely do, but we have to strike a balance between pros that keep them turning the page and prose the have them put the book down as they don’t feel like learning new words. Your audience might just want to escape into your world that you have created.
Titties Kitties and Winks is an imaginary world where many of the rules of modern-day society are trashed, to give the reader a sense of what it is like to love another woman. In this rags, to riches story, we get a sense of what people will do for money and what happens to them when they get it. In short, the story is erotica but, much more than that, it is about love in a very unique setting.
Titties Kitties and Winks is not a literary work of art. The imagery in the story will paint pictures in your mind that no matter your gender, you will enjoy it.
As I progress in the craft of writing, I will give you more hints and tricks via this blog.
Recently I re-wrote Land of My People. The Novella went from 10 thousand words to over 20K. No, I did not add more fluff; I put in more tension, conflict, both external and internal, and some backstory. Much Love -TW