Wonder Wednesday: The Call to Write

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Today, I am wondering if my writing will ever accurately portray the story to the reader as I see it in my mind. I expect this is something all writers struggle with but it gnaws at me. This niggling feeling in the back of my mind says I’m not good enough.

But is it really our job to make them see every bit the same as we do? Or is it to provide the reader with enough to spark their imagination, so they can fill in the gaps?

Perhaps it’s somewhere in between those two extremes; in the Goldilocks zone.

When I think about my characters, I smile as though they are my best friends and I am enjoying their recount of the latest shenanigans we all got into. Indeed, sometimes I even laugh out loud because they feel that real to me.

I want my readers to know them as well as I do. Or at least pretty close. I like keeping some secrets.

I’m on a writing break right now, and my characters keep bugging me to get back to their story. I keep telling them to be patient because my house needs cleaning and I’m trying to wait to make more changes while the current version is being judged in a contest. They can be such brats. I bet they’ll sulk once I’m ready to get back to them. The living room/dining room/entrance/and kitchen are mostly clean. My bedroom/office is a disaster, though. Let me clean my writing nook at least!

“But writing will make you a better writer”, they urge.

I suppose I could write some new scenes while I’m waiting…

Fine, Josy, you win!


She’s almost as stubborn as I am.

Well, it looks like I have writing to do.


PS. Yes, my site looks different for now. I’m troubleshooting a problem where image captions don’t display and one of the steps was to change themes. The other theme I had seems to be non-existent now but I like this one enough that I may just keep it. Hmm, I may have just figured out a workaround… Avoid using “Featured Image” and just insert the picture into the post.


3 thoughts on “Wonder Wednesday: The Call to Write

  1. You touched on a great issue when you said, “But is it really our job to make them see every bit the same as we do? Or is it to provide the reader with enough to spark their imagination, so they can fill in the gaps?” In my opinion, (and it’s just that) I feel it’s the latter.
    It is a tightrope we walk though right? Give too much and people are flipping through pages of it to get to action, give too little and they don’t what the heck you are talking about. For me, I feel like basic description is enough as long as character dialogue and action are interesting. When we try to beat people over the head with too much of it, they get turned off.
    A great example of this is J.K. Rowling’s character Hermione and all the controversy about her being cast as an African American instead of a Caucasian in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. Whether you read and like these books or not, it’s hard to debate how successful they have been. If you take all of the pages of all of the Harry Potter books there are more than 3000, but despite this staggering number of pages, her description of Hermione never specified much outside of, “brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever.”
    I guess the point is, if you give your character’s great voice, put them through interesting conflicts, and construct a good story the reader will fill in all those blanks and develop their own vision of them in their minds eye. Regardless, good luck and keep plugging away!

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    • Exactly. I think there are areas where we might need to give in depth description, but only if it is integral to the story. If having green linen curtains instead of shear blue ones alters the whole plot, then it’s important that they be specific. And some readers hate fighting scenes. We can’t please everyone all the time. What I ask myself is whether or not I’m boring myself with the description. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have zero issue with seeing Hermione as someone other than Emma, though I loved her performance dearly! Good luck to you as well 🙂

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